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Chicago, IL Fusion Wedding by WS Photography

Could this bride be any more gorgeous? These amazingly brilliant shots by WS Photography look like they are straight out of a bridal magazine or maybe the latest Bollywood flick! Our playful couple was posing for the camera in great style and these pics are all definitely keepers! We are loving the bride's bangles and earrings which complete her look and complement her style. Not a single ounce of glam was lost after the rollercoaster of emotions of the ceremony! We also love the playful chemistry between these lovebirds that comes through each and every image and the vibrant colors totally enhance it. The reception at the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge was definitely something, so elegant and sophisticated that we just had to share it with you, ladies! Can't get enough of this sweet duo either? Make your way to the second installment of today's gallery for the all lovey-dovey you can handle!

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Venues: Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge | Photography: WS Photography | Mehndi & Grahshanti Venue: Ashyana Banquets | Floral & Decor: Dream Occasions | Hair & Makeup: Rimsha Khan | Catering: Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine | DJ: DJ Nilesh | Baraat: Maharaji Farm | Bridal Fashions: AsoPalav | Reception Bridal Fashion: Here Comes the Bride | Cake & Treats: Sugar Hills Bakery | Cinematography: Imagination Designers | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: MEET Cards | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Neela | Groom Fashion: Men's Wearhouse


Chicago, IL Fusion Wedding by WS Photography

This stunning bride is Nidhi, and she is seriously looking as lovely as any bride could be on her wedding day. The portraits by WS Photography really showcase this gorgeous Maharani and pick up every little elegant detail of the outfit worn. From the rich light violet eyeshadows to the striking mehndi design on her toes and hands, be sure, ladies, that this bride is just overwhelmingly stunning. We loved the champagne overlay over her cherry red and gold lengha! It was a stylish and delicate combination with just the right burst of color. So amazing! The playfully adorable portraits of our bride with her groom are just an absolute delight as well. We can't wait to bring you their reception look! But in the meantime, you need to check out the gallery for exclusive details on their wedding ceremony and all the highlights moments at the lovely Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge. Let's get to it! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Tyler and I were set up by my childhood best friend, Julie, who was Tyler went to college with. She really went all out trying to get us together. She sent each of us pictures of the other constantly until finally we started talking. She was right because we really hit it off. Our first date was just supposed coffee which turned into an 8 hour "unicorn" date (our friend Dave came up with the term). I knew we had something special when we could spend almost entire day together and were still constantly chatting afterward.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We went to Northern Wisconsin for my birthday weekend. I didn't really think it was anything besides a birthday trip because we typically take one each year.  On our trip Tyler wanted to take me to Bond Falls which is a waterfall in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that he visited a lot as a child. When we got to the bottom of the waterfall and popped the question. It was so private, romantic, and perfect. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Since we had a fusion wedding we really wanted to represent both cultures and sides. So for the ceremony I really wanted to go traditional Hindu. I had already decided on a deep red/maroon with gold. We shopped all around Ahmadabad and Baroda until I found the perfect color and detailing.

For the reception gown I decided with a western white gown. Since my mother-in-law and friends weren't with me in India when I got my wedding lengha I really wanted to share the experience with them. I knew I wanted off white and lace, and luckily found something amazing the first day shopping!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The dancing and the food were big hits at our wedding. The entire weekend was a party. For a lot of people, especially Tyler's family this was their first time experiencing an Indian Wedding and they had a blast with all of the traditions. The dance floor at the reception was overflowing and everyone from little kids to aunts and uncles danced the night away. My cousin even performed a roller skating routine on the dance floor. I know the bride is supposed to be the star but everyone saw how much fun Tyler was having and it was contagious. 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Tyler and I got some time during cocktail hour to just spend time together. We got to see the reception space before everyone else and just got to soak in the weekend. It was great to steal away some time with just the two of us.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The week of the wedding just try to relax and enjoy the moment. You worked so hard during the planning process and this is really the time to take it in and enjoy. I promise the little things that might not work out exactly right won't even be a concern. It's all about spending time with friends, family, and most of all your love!

 

Part two is coming, ladies, stick around! 

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Venues: Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge | Photography: WS Photography | Mehndi & Grahshanti Venue: Ashyana Banquets | Floral & Decor: Dream Occasions | Hair & Makeup: Rimsha Khan | Catering: Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine | DJ: DJ Nilesh | Baraat: Maharaji Farm | Bridal Fashions: AsoPalav | Reception Bridal Fashion: Here Comes the Bride | Cake & Treats: Sugar Hills Bakery | Cinematography: Imagination Designers | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: MEET Cards | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Neela | Groom Fashion: Men's Wearhouse


Long Island, NY Pakistani Wedding by The Visual Couture Weddings

We are back with this incredible bash, ladies! It comes to us thanks to our friends from The Visual Couture Weddings, who did a truly magical job capturing the moments of such an important event. Be certain that the pictures from our gallery of today, are a work of art indeed. As we saw on part one, our couple was looking amazing throughout the pre-wedding rituals and the ceremony itself. Our bride Sabeen definitely came up with awesome ideas for you to take notes, Maharanis at home! After an incredibly heartfelt ceremony, it was time to head down to the Valley Regency for the reception. The lovebirds recruited the fine talent of Glamorous Event Planners to assist with the floral & decor of the spree, and as you will see in a bit, they totally rocked it! The place greeted the couple along with their loved ones and what a wonderful reception that was! The team from Shaheen was in charge of bringing the delicious treats via catering services, and all the dancing that went on was in part thanks to the energy provided by their amazing dishes. It was an overall incredible celebration that for sure, you don't want to miss. Join us for the second installment of Sabeen & Sohaib's nuptials and get those ideas going! 

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Photography: The Visual Couture Weddings | Floral & Decor: Glamorous Event Planners | Cinematography: The Visual Couture Weddings | Sangeet Venue: Antun's by Minar | Ceremony Venue: The Piermont | Reception Venue: Valley Regency | Hair: Araish Artistry | Makeup: Arzoo Hussain | Catering: Shaheen | DJ: DJ's United/DJ Sukh Singh | Cake & Treats: Dortoni Bakery | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Araish Artistry | Mehndi Artists: SamArt Henna Contour | Photo Booth: Dj Sukh Singh


Long Island, NY Pakistani Wedding by The Visual Couture Weddings

Monday is here, Maharanis, and it is time to start the week the best way possible! The only way we can think of is by getting our daily inspiration of glam and charm from our dazzling brides. Today, and to kick start April, we have an incredible feature that is quickly becoming one of our favorites. Sabeen & Sohaib's Pakistani wedding, coming from NY, is all things grand and elegant and we are just loving every aspect of it. Our gorgeous Maharani Sabeen had already the experience needed when it came to planning a grand bash, so definitely we are looking at a couple that knew exactly what they wanted. The celebrations started with the Sangeet party hosted at Antun's by Minar. There, the bride wore a stunning orange sherbet lengha with details in gold and emerald green. Seriously, this bride's style is too much. SamArt Henna Contour assisted with the mehndi design that was also a complete knockout, just the way it should be! Araish Artistry and Arzoo Hussain joined the A - list glam squad and crafted our bride's hair and makeup, respectively, no less. An awesome job indeed. The ceremony was quickly approaching and The Piermont was looking amazing to host it. In today's featured gallery, thanks to the talented job of our friends from The Visual Couture Weddings, we are going to witness what went on during the ceremony and also have a glimpse of what was Sabeen & Sohaib's magical day. Come and join us next! 

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were both scared of moving forward in the relationship so you could say we were a bit on-off for a while. During an "off", on my birthday, he managed to figure out where I was after I had finished hanging out with my friends. He picked me up in his car and handed me a bouquet of flowers and an adorable birthday card. He told me that he tried to imagine his future so many times and he couldn't see it without me in it. It wasn't a traditional "will you marry me?" rather, an "I can't live without you, let's get married."
 
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.
Friends and family have referred to me as somewhat of a "professional bridesmaid" because I have hosted or helped organize so many wedding functions, showers, etc. So, when I got engaged, expectations were high on what kind of experience my wedding guests would have. I was really excited because I had a million ideas in my head about decor, food, location, etc. but, I also realized that it's a lot easier to make those ideas come to life when you're not the bride. The bride can't run around like a madman on the day of the wedding making sure that the behind-the-scenes work gets done. And, even though everyone reminds you not to sweat the small stuff because something will inevitably go wrong, how many brides are really able to fully accept that?
To counter those potential issues, I started my wedding planning immediately and I focused a lot of energy on seeking out vendors that I knew I could trust without completely breaking the bank.  To give myself a little more wiggle room on vendor budgets, I even embarked on a few DIY projects. Day 1 was a function in my parents’ home for which I starting setting up décor, myself, weeks in advance with the help of my mother. For the mehndi night, I built my own canopy to walk in under. For the wedding day, the place cards, table menus, miscellaneous signage, "activity" table, even, the card box were all made by me in whatever free time I could find between the engagement and the wedding. I even designed all the outfits for our 4 days of functions. They were created by "hometown" tailors in Pakistan and India who were able to help us choose fabrics and embellishments that met the custom-made vision without requiring the pricey, custom-made wallet.
My best decision making during the planning definitely went into booking vendors that really tried to understand what I wanted and worked very sincerely to bring those things to fruition. For example, one of the toughest things to accommodate during the wedding was my desire to have a family-style dinner service on the wedding night. Family-style dinner is extremely uncommon for a large function but, I always disliked buffets because they get messy and you end up with long lines in the middle of your party and, plated dinners just don’t work with South Asian food (or South Asian people).  Thankfully, my wedding hall, The Piermont, that had some experience with this kind of service before and I found a dinner caterer who truly wanted to do whatever he could to make me and my family happy. Shan, the caterer at Shaheen Restaurant, met with us month after month to figure out not only the best menu items but even what bowls and platters would create the most elegant presentation. He also spent a lot of time educating his staff on how to handle a kitchen during family-style service…for over 200 people, it’s definitely not an easy task!
Even for the less complicated ideas, I am extremely happy with the other vendors I was able to work with as well. Raj at Antun’s by Minar promised me an amazing mehndi night and he really did personally manage every aspect of that night from the food down to the flooring (literally). Guests told me that when they looked at the stage, alone, they forgot they were in a hall!
Sunitha at Glamorous Event Planners designed my wedding day Deus/stage and centerpieces. I had seen her incredible work in pictures and she always assured me that as long as I gave her creative wiggle room, she would do whatever she needed to make my ideas into reality and, boy did she!  I never even asked her for a centerpiece sample yet, she managed to go beyond my expectations and added her own touches to our stage and centerpieces that filled our reception with dreamy touches of warmth and opulence.
Asma at Araish Artistry did my hair and dupatta setting for our main events and also did hair and makeup for my mom and sister. We had worked with her before during my sister’s wedding so I knew she did good work but, I also felt so comfortable working with her because she really made me feel like a priority.  One of my best friends actually did my makeup because she’s a makeup artist herself and has done makeup on me for other functions so, it goes without saying that I could trust her blindly to make sure I had a flawless look.
Our photographer/videographer team may be worthy of the most praise, by far.  Sheheryar at S.Snapz Wedding Photography worked with me, directly, for months to go over every detail of the wedding and my vision to make sure he didn’t miss a beat.  Photo and video at a wedding are so important because even when you forget, the imagery lasts.  I hate to hear people say that they didn’t like their photos or video because, during the whirlwind of a wedding, you don’t always have much time to savor every moment so you really rely on those digital memories to help you relive everything.  I never felt like my wedding was just another job for Sheheryar.  He is really passionate about his work and I truly experienced that because he did whatever he needed to get the best shots and make sure we felt happy and comfortable. His whole team was not only reliable but also very warm.  I actually kind of missed having them all around once all the festivities were over.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a proper, bridal red for my main wedding function but that's about as far as I had gotten with concrete ideas. I spent a lot of time just browsing the internet and Instagram for style and work ideas. Since I was having 4 functions (mayoun, mehndi, shaadi/baraat, valima/2nd reception), I had an opportunity to try at least 4 different looks so that's exactly what I did. I did a "skinny" gharara look for my mayoun, lehnga choli for the mehndi, traditional gharara for shaadi and lehngha with peplum top for valima.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Seeing it all, especially DIY projects, come together into something real!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Food (family style dinner) and decor
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It was all such a whirlwind, I'm not sure I can pinpoint one moment. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Everyone you come by before your wedding will tell you to be mentally prepared for things going wrong and to remember that you shouldn't let things going wrong to dictate your mood but, guess what? It is totally okay if you get mad about things going wrong. It is totally acceptable if you have a mini freak-out or two. Don't let others tell you how you should feel because it's YOUR wedding and your feelings are completely valid. It is true that you can't be a sour puss the whole time or just yell at everyone that tries to help you but, remember that it is okay to not let ALL things slide and it is okay to react when something isn't done right. These are big moments in your life so do your best to feel your best!
 

Don't go anywhere, ladies, more to come next! 

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Photography: The Visual Couture Weddings | Floral & Decor: Glamorous Event Planners | Cinematography: The Visual Couture Weddings | Sangeet Venue: Antun's by Minar | Ceremony Venue: The Piermont | Reception Venue: Valley Regency | Hair: Araish Artistry | Makeup: Arzoo Hussain | Catering: Shaheen | DJ: DJ's United/DJ Sukh Singh | Cake & Treats: Dortoni Bakery | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Araish Artistry | Mehndi Artists: SamArt Henna Contour | Photo Booth: Dj Sukh Singh


Leesburg, VA Indian Wedding by Regeti’s Photography

After witnessing the gorgeous series of rituals and the main ceremony that led Krutika & Kartheek to swear everlasting love to one another, it was time for some serious dancing and partying Bollywood style. For this second installment, Regeti's Photography and their well-known talent, bring for us what went on after the couple tied the knot. The Hyatt Regency Reston hosted the reception gala and we are just madly in love with the entire idea and color of it. Yadeein Weddings and Seven Ivory Brides tag teamed to assist our lovebirds with the planning & design and the floral & decor respectively. An incredibly looking bash that saw our newlyweds celebrate with their loved ones, and have the time of their lives. It isn't a party if none is dancing. Lucky for our couple, that is just not possible in Indian weddings. The crew from DynastyAV understood that very well and were in charge of literally lighting up the place and dropping the ravishing beats that made everyone jump to their feet and start moving. You have to see it to believe it! So here it is, ladies, today's featured Indian wedding gallery.

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Remember, Maharanis, a new feature every day! We count on you! 

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Catering: IndAroma | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | DJ: DynastyAV | Baraat: DynastyAV | Lighting: DynastyAV | Photography: Regeti's Photography | Cinematography: DynastyAV | Live Music: DynastyAV | Sangeet Venue: National Conference Center- Leesburg | Ceremony Venue: National Conference Center- Leesburg | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Reston | Planning & Design: Seven Ivory Brides | Floral & Decor: Yadeein Weddings | Wedding Ceremony Catering: Sitara Indian Cuisine | Wedding Reception Catering: Rupa Vira Catering Services | Cake & Treats: Raksha's Custom Cakes | Mehndi Artist: Naseem Fam Henna Services | Reception Limo: Arun


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