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Edison, NJ Indian Wedding by Virdee Films Photo & Cinema

In a picturesque setting reminiscent of a fairy tale, Angel & Ankit celebrated their love at the mesmerizing Lake Chateau Banquets. With the magic touches from Makeup by Hena, Angel gleamed with elegance, her beauty amplified with every detail. Ankit was the epitome of dapper charm, thanks to the meticulous turban service by New York Turban Tying Service, a reflection of our rich traditions and modern flair combined. Sahil Wedding Planner seamlessly and impeccably orchestrated this union with flair and precision. The atmosphere was filled with melodies and beats from DJ 1E Entertainment. Taj Catering served experiences through the exquisite flavors, leaving the guests in awe. The most important person who really made this wedding look nice and big was Virdee Films Photo & Cinema. They truly outshined at this wedding, capturing fleeting moments and translating them into eternal memories. Each frame they curated not only encapsulated the sheer joy and emotion of the day. The cinematic captures elegantly wove together the essence of the day, taking anyone who viewed them on a beautiful journey back to the couple's most cherished moments. 

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How did you meet your Groom, and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met at the hotel where we used to work together. Ankit was always loving and caring right from the first day, and to be honest, I knew right from the beginning HE WAS THE ONE.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were out on 19th Aug to Times Square. He told me to get ready as he hired some photographers to take our pictures. I had no idea of anything. When I was at Times Square, I suddenly saw on a large screen at Time, “Angel, will you marry me?” and 3 pics of us together. I was having goosebumps as I didn't know what was going on. I was totally surprised. In a few seconds, I got back to my senses and said YES to my love.

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair and makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Planning a wedding was really hectic as we did in less than 4 weeks. The proposal was on 19th Aug 2022, and the wedding was on 27th Sept 2022. We decided around 29th Aug that we were going get married in Sept
My husband did most of the running work from finding Vendors, Wedding Planner, and Venues. I went at the last on most things to finalize and to see them. Decorations we both selected together after going through some samples

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Do you have a favorite color in mind?
I selected Wedding lengha from NAZARANA in Edison. I went to Nazrana Boutique first and found my lehnga, but my husband insisted on checking other places too, and I did, but for some reason, I was stuck to the one I chose at first and bought it. Which was a very good decision as everyone loved that attire

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Shopping was the most hectic and fun part because it was the first time you got a real Licence to shop, and you could buy anything from jewelry to Bridal dresses and make-up, and no one could say no coz you were the BRIDE.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Guests particularly loved how I and my husband had bonded together. Pretty much each and every one of them said that we were made for each other, and I loved that part most, apart from that they loved the Food which was from the Taj caterer and also our performances.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
7 pheras and Varmala ceremony. That was the most memorable moment for me. From childhood, we dream that it will happen one day, and when it happens, and the person is really the love of your life you wanted, there is no better feeling than that. I still rewind and watch them every now and then.

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.
Decor we kept very simple but elegant. We wanted to have a light Pink color, and it went really well with our attire.
Dances were the most lively part of our reception. Our reception highlights when we put it on social media, it got so many views and plays. All the performances were very good, and the speeches made were memorable.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Words of wisdom for brides-to-be is “ Give everything in your relation to make it work.” There is no He/she but only we.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I can keep going on and on, but the most and most important person who really made this wedding look nice and big was “VIRDEE FILMS.” I have never seen such professionalism, but on top of that, being such a humble person and accepting each and every request from Bride, groom, and family is remarkable. Everyone loved our pre-wedding videos on the wedding day. And Wedding and reception highlights are played every time our relatives come home. So special special, special thanks to Virdee films. Thanks

We hope you enjoy today's feature, darlings. Cheers to love and the endless possibilities it brings!

Photography: Virdee Films Photo & Cinema | Cinematography: Virdee Films Photo & Cinema | Sangeet / Ceremony / Reception Venue: Lake Chateau Banquets | Planning & Design: Sahil Wedding Planner | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Hena | Catering: Taj Catering | DJ: DJ 1E Entertainment's | Turban: New York Turban Tying Service

Ponte Vedra, FL Indian Wedding by Sona Photography

Hi loves! Today's romantic journey through Sapna & Swapnil's is a wedding bliss. Nestled within the elegant embrace of the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, their wedding unfolded like a dream. With its sweeping views and tranquil ambiance, this picturesque haven was more than just a venue; it was a sanctuary where dreams were woven into reality. Thanks to the meticulous planning and design by the talented team at Big Guava Events, every detail was meticulously curated, orchestrating a seamless symphony of colors, textures, and emotions that perfectly encapsulated the essence of the couple's journey. Nikun Events lent their magic touch to the lovely decor. Beauty Marked worked their artistry, ensuring Sapna glowed with an ethereal radiance that would captivate all hearts. 5th Element Catering curated a feast that delighted every guest. DJ Sangeen from Awaaz Entertainment filled the night with melodies that set hearts dancing to the rhythm of love. Sona Photography, much like its name's meaning of 'gold,' epitomizes the precious essence of Sapna & Swapnil's wedding. Each frame was not just a photograph but a glimpse into the depth of their connection. We invite you to explore the gallery of this magnificent celebration. It is mind-blowing!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We "un-officially" met at Georgia Tech Garba in 2013 (all Swapnil remembers is seeing a very sweaty me post dancing) but, officially met a few weeks later when Swapnil came to Athens for his fall break with his roommates. After a few months of talking, we started dating in January of 2014 and the rest was history. 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Swapnil proposed on May 8, 2021 at a beautiful winery in Temecula, California. I thought I was going on a weekend trip to Temecula with my friends but, was completely surprised when the "wine tour" turned out to be a proposal on the property. The surprises didn't end there. When Swapnil & I reached the AirBnb in Temecula, I was surprised by friends & family that flew out from the East Coast to celebrate the special day.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My wedding lengha was inspired by my mom's wedding saree. I was inspired by all of the colors and elements within her saree and wanted to incorporate that into my wedding lengha somehow as a tribute to her. My designer, Tania, did such a beautiful job in designing my wedding lengha - I'll never forget us sitting on the floor of her studio picking colors, embroidery types, and ironing out all the details. I was really so happy with how it turned out!!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

I think the most special part of our wedding weekend was seeing all of our loved ones from all facets of life (friends, cousins, grandparents, family, coworkers, etc.) all in one room to celebrate us. I remember feeling so much gratitude and love to be able to celebrate with each and every one of them.

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.
1. The most enjoyable part of the planning process for me was being able to incorporate mine and Swapnil's personalities into certain details of our wedding weekend. Examples of this were:
2. My lavender Sangeet lengha (inspired by Jacaranda Trees and an ode to my South African Heritage)
3. Swapnil playing the violin (and instrument he's played for over 10 years) at our Sangeet
4. Our "starry night" themed wedding - this stemmed from our names meaning "Dream" but also Swapnil's love for Space

Ladies, I hope you have enjoyed today's story as much as I did. Do not forget to come back for more!

Photography: Sona Photography | Venues: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Big Guava Events | Decor: Nikun Events | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Marked | Hair & Makeup: Prima’s Beauty Care | Catering: 5Th Element Catering | DJ: Awaaz Entertainment (DJ Sangeen) | Officiant: Mahesh Gor | Cinematography: AZM Cinematography

Cancun, Mexico Fusion Wedding by Federico Salmeron

Dear Maharanis, we hope you are ready for a new adventure to Cancun, Mexico, to peek at Swathy & Abhishek's wedding. So, get your luggage and passport, and enjoy this story. The enchanting Moon Palace Cancun served as the picturesque backdrop for their ceremony and reception, captivating everyone with its breathtaking beauty. Indian Destination Wedding Inc. was the ultimate travel concierge for this wedding. With their expertise and attention to detail, they flawlessly orchestrated every aspect of the couple's destination wedding, from coordinating travel arrangements for guests to arranging accommodations. The celebration became a remarkable and stress-free experience thanks to these South Asian Wedding Experts. Swathy radiated beauty adorned in a stunning wedding saree from Kalyan Silks. Her hair was decorated with exquisite Vivek Flowers floral arrangements, and the intricate henna designs by the talented artists at Loto Mehndi adorned her hands. She wore beautiful jewelry from Parakkat Jewels to add a touch of regality. Not to be outdone, Abhishek exuded timeless sophistication in his Zegna tuxedo, the epitome of elegance that perfectly matched Swathy's grace and beauty. The reception was grand, with Dolly J's exquisite bridal fashion taking center stage. Federico Salmeron's Photo captured every precious moment, immortalizing the love and emotions shared between the couple in the incredible gallery we shared today. Enjoy it!

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Thanks for your visit today! Don't forget to be back for more inspirational stories every day.

Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Wedding | Sangeet Venue: Moon Palace Cancun | Ceremony Venue: Moon Palace Cancun | Reception Venue: Moon Palace Cancun | DJ: Moon Palace Cancun | Cinematography: Saptapadi Weddings | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndi | Bridal Hair Flowers: Vivek Flowers | Jewelry: Parakkat Jewels | Sangeet Bridal Fashion: Neerus | Wedding Saree: Kalyan Silks | Reception Bridal Fashion: Dolly J | Tuxedos: Zegna | Photography: Federico Salmeron Photo

Minneapolis, MN Fusion Wedding by George Street Photo & Video

Darlings, let me whisk you away into the enchanting tale of Nikhila & Shalu's incredible wedding day. The majestic St. Richards Catholic Church set the stage for this breathtaking union. Nikhila exuded ethereal beauty in her exquisite ensemble from Budget Bridal Outlet, capturing the hearts of all who looked at her. War Paint International worked its magic to complement her radiance, crafting a hair and makeup look that was nothing short of perfection. The grand reception occurred at the luxurious JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America, providing the perfect backdrop for Nikhila & Shalu's grand reception. The sprawling venue boasted elegant ballrooms adorned with lavish chandeliers, creating an atmosphere of pure sophistication. The talented team at Mani Mela transformed the venue into a dreamscape with their awe-inspiring floral arrangements and exquisite decor. Guests were greeted with personalized favors from Etsy, adding a touch of charm to the evening. The JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America's impeccable service and culinary expertise ensured that every dish served was a masterpiece, tantalizing the senses and leaving guests craving more. Meticulously curated menus showcased a fusion of flavors, offering a feast that catered to every palate. From elegantly presented appetizers to sumptuous main courses and decadent desserts, each dish was a masterpiece of taste and artistry. The Forgetful Baker presented a magnificent cake and an array of delectable treats that were as beautiful as they were delicious. As the night progressed, the rhythmic beats from Tantric Beatz filled the air, enticing guests to the dance floor and creating an electric atmosphere. George Street Photo & Video captured every precious moment with artistry and passion, ensuring that the memories of this extraordinary celebration would be cherished for a lifetime. Check out the gallery we prepared for today. Enjoy the sweet moments of this union!

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Dears, remember that we have inspiring stories every day. Make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

Venues: JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America | Venues: JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America | Ceremony Venue: St. Richards Catholic Church | Floral & Decor: Mani Mela | Hair & Makeup: War Paint International | DJ: Tantric Beatz | Bridal Fashions: Budget Bridal Outlet | Cake & Treats: Forgetful Baker | Favors: Etsy | Photography: George Street Photo & Video

Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Good morning, ladies! Today's magical love story follows the romantic journey through Sweta & Parag's wedding bliss. The Hilton Anatole was the perfect backdrop for this wedding. Its stunning views provided a truly magical setting for their wedding. Events by Hala worked their magic and carefully planned every detail of this event to transform the space into a dreamy wonderland. Rao Factor's stunning floral and decor arrangements added whimsy and romance to the area. Parag made his way to the venue while DJ Riz Entertainment's music filled the air, creating a sense of excitement, anticipation, and an electric atmosphere. Ms. Painted Lady made a gorgeous look perfectly complemented by her bridal fashion from NazranaaNazranaa provided the perfect finishing touch with Sweta's sparkling bridal jewelry, while Elegant Saree Draping provided impeccable styling and draping services for the bride and her bridal party. With their years of experience and a passion for creating stunning looks, the team ensured that Sweta looked and felt her best on her big day. The Dallas Henna Artist's intricate mehndi design was a showstopper. As the guests enjoyed their dinner and cocktails, the live music played by the DJ Riz Entertainment team created a romantic and sophisticated atmosphere. The combination of live instruments, vocals, lighting, and DJ beats made a unique and unforgettable sound that filled the ballroom with energy and excitement. Once the wedding formalities were over, the DJ played a mix of Bollywood and Western hits, keeping the dance floor packed all night long. Their lighting and sound added to the party atmosphere, creating a nightclub-like experience for everyone. Check out the gallery by Peter Nguyen Studio. They provided photography and cinematography services to capture the special moments of their big day. The team has years of experience and has become renowned for its ability to capture the beauty, emotion, and grandeur of weddings in its work. Their exceptional work and professionalism made them a standout vendor at weddings and a highly recommended choice for couples looking for top-tier photography and cinematography services for their weddings. It is breathtaking, and you will love every detail!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It all started with a swipe to the right, and we never looked back!

So how did this love story begin between a Texas gal and a New York guy? Well, grab some popcorn and a drink for all the fun details! It began in January 2019 when I finally decided to get back to online dating. I had been on a hiatus for almost a year and LOVED it! I told my friends I was going to try dating again and see how it went. I started to swipe left on a couple of guys and then came across this guy who intrigued me: hmmm, witty profile, good looks. Definitely, a great dresser seems fun and had a warm, inviting smile that made me swipe right. <Matched!> That night, this intriguing guy messaged me about southern comfort food, making pasta and fried pickles! Seeing both Parag and I had a first love of various cuisines, we hit it off! Parag wanted to know more about this southern gal, so he asked me to chat on the phone. The conversation went great until the end when Parag asked me a question that I decided to answer assertively. After a couple of minutes of giving him a piece of my mind, I realized Parag wasn't saying much and asked if he was still there. “I’m here, that's fine; I will call you tomorrow then?” I responded, “I don't think so!” and we both got off the phone. I sat there and thought, “He was a good one, but that didn't go too great at the end!” I told my friends what happened and referred to this guy as “NY,” which became his nickname with my friends. Parag Parekh = NY. The next day NY called back as promised, and we both haven’t missed a day ever since!

A month into this courtship, Parag and I decided to meet in the middle of Atlanta, Georgia! As the meet-up date came closer, I thought to myself, 'This is crazy to fly and meet this guy I don't even know, BUT what an adventure this could be!' So off I went to go have a good time in Atlanta and maybe just maybe hit it off with this Mr. DilParagParekh. Once I landed, I got an Uber and became quick friends with the driver. The Uber driver started asking if I video-called Parag to make sure he looked like his profile picture. I said that would have been so smart, and of course, I didn't think to do that! The Uber driver drove around until I was ready to be dropped off; she gave me tips and told me to call her if things didn’t feel right. She said she completely understands and was here to help! I was so grateful to her! I got out of the Uber and went to meet Parag. That weekend we explored the Coca-Cola Museum, Centennial Olympic Park, and The Georgia Aquarium while eating great food and enjoying ourselves. I left thinking I wanted to know more about Parag, while Parag loved our connection and was planning the next weekend to meet up!

It is hard to say when Parag and I knew each other was “the one.” I would say that this was a gradual process with both of our values, goals and how we approach life lining up and coming together. Parag would say it was when I flew up to NYC to surprise him for his intimate birthday party at the height of Covid in December 2020, which solidified to him how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.  In the end, it was all a process for both of us, which we embraced. The journey was definitely one to remember!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It was a gorgeous fall day in New York City! I flew up to see Parag and go to an immersive haunted house Halloween cocktail party. In the prior weeks, Parag sent the Halloween cocktail party’s website to me, including the cocktail attire preference and drinks that we could get while there! I was excited, I loved all things horror!! That Friday morning, we both took a nice stroll through Queens and had our traditional Thai food lunch prior to getting ready for the event later that day! We got ready, matched our outfits per usual for fun, and off we went to Manhattan! I fell asleep on the drive, and by the time we got there, I noticed we were in Soho at a swanky hotel called NoMo Soho. I asked Parag, “Is the Halloween party in a hotel?” and he said yes and that things in New York were always nice. I thought nothing of this response and was more focused on what an immersive haunted house Halloween cocktail party would look like and that this was going to be great. We then went to the lobby; Parag got a key, and we went up the elevators. I noticed Parag was very quiet, but brushed it off, seeing I was still waking up! When we got off the elevator, I noticed there were NO Halloween decorations, so I let Parag know that we were in the wrong location. Parag said, "No, this is correct," and guided me to the corner room suite and opened the door.

I was shocked and confused to see red, pink, and white rose petals making a pathway to the balcony and a gentleman inside with a camera. I immediately grabbed Parag and said, “We have to get out of here. This is someone else’s room!!” and bolted. I was down the hall, and around the corner, Parag ran after me, leaving the cameraman concerned! Parag reassured me and brought me back to the room (holding my arm so I didn’t flee again) and started to explain each of the framed pictures he had along the path. Each picture represented a part of our lives together, and Parag explained why it was important. Then he took me out onto the balcony, got down on one knee, and asked me if I would marry him. I paused, still in shock, and said, “YesYesYes!” We were both so happy, and I whispered to Parag, asking if there was still a haunted house party, to which Parag said no! I wanted to make sure I got this right. Parag then proceeded to call his parents, who came out of a side room’s door to congratulate us! Parag then asked me to call my family, so I video-called my dad, who did not pick up! Instead, I heard my dad say, “Hey you!” coming out of the room along with my mom and two brothers! I was overwhelmed and so happy to share this special moment with my family as well. I couldn’t believe Parag was so thoughtful in arranging for a florist to decorate the suite, coordinating flying my family up to the proposed site for the big day, and finally keeping it all a secret! Parag knew how much my family meant to me, which meant they meant a lot to him. Our families went to a fabulous dinner afterward to celebrate! The whole night I kept telling Parag how shocked and happy I was and that now I had a fiancé! Parag had one last surprise for his now fiancée, me! Parag, our four siblings, and I went out for drinks after dinner, where there were over 30 of Parag’s closest friends waiting to greet us with cheers, sparklers, and hugs.
It was the best day 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.
Firstly, wedding planning can be overwhelming if you don’t stay on top of it and if you don’t have both the bride and groom involved.  Secondly, making timely decisions and still being light-hearted through the process helps both the bride and groom enjoy the wedding planning process!

Wedding Planner: Picking a strong wedding planner is critical. We were fortunate enough to have picked Hala Snyder from Events by Hala, who was incredible.  She kept us on track and had a wonderful personality that fits ours.  It was a pleasure working with her!

Venue: When picking our venue, we wanted a location that could fit 300 to 350 guests comfortably and that brought India to us so that it was unique enough for our guests to explore.  We were lucky enough to find this fit in the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. This hotel had artwork from varying countries, including statues from ancient India which fit perfectly for our wedding vibe. In addition, it is a massive hotel space which gave us options to work with during the planning process.

Décor Theme: We wanted our theme to be a little India interactive street market for the Sangeet, a secret garden for the wedding, and glamour for the reception. Rao Factor helped us put these visions together! We were excited to make it into a welcoming environment for our guests with our Indian culture infused into each of the events.

Outfits: When going through our wedding planning process, we researched many outfit styles, colors, and vibes. 

Haldi: We wanted our Haldi to be very relaxed yet still fashionable. Parag was dressed in a yellow kurta that matched my preset sari with a ruffle detail on the bottom. 

Mehndi: The Mehndi was such a fun-filled wedding outfit experience.  Mine was a pink and green combination with highlights of gold throughout. It was a whimsical mermaid make-up and hair look for me, which was such a must-have look to explore!  This Mehndi outfit received 23k views on IG which was such a fun treat! Parag wore a pink and floral Nehru-styled outfit that matched my outfit perfectly, especially since we both didn’t see each other’s outfits in person until the day of being long distance!

Sangeet: The Sangeet was filled with color, music, dancing, and great food to kick off the wedding festivities for all of our guests. We wore a neutral beige color filled in with a variety of threaded colors and beaded work! These were monochromatic looks which were different for both Parag and I. Parag wore an Anarkali, which was a nice change in style.  We wanted to venture out of our comfort zones, and this was it!  We loved how they turned out! 

Wedding: The wedding outfits were elegant and traditional in a deep dark red velvet material with heavy beaded work.  Parag donned a custom sherwani outfit made to his specifications to fit the outfit that I picked and then got altered to how I wanted it to look. It was everything we wanted and more. Parag’s outfit was covered in pearls which was that little extra groom detail we loved!  His wedding outfit rivaled mine for sure! 

Reception: The reception outfits were both custom-made in this beautiful sky-blue color. I wanted a glitzy and glamorous reception dress with all the bling! My outfit was covered in heavy beaded work from head to toe. I picked the color, the beaded overlay design for the lengha, and how the custom blouse should look. It was fabulous. Parag’s outfit was a gray tux with a sky-blue bowtie which he had helped design. These outfits were very us and exactly how we wanted them to be for our reception!

Bridal Haldi: Ave India Design Collective

Bridal Mehndi: Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika

Bridal Sangeet, Wedding, & Reception: Nazranaa

Groom Haldi:  Uvaam

Groom Mehndi: Uvaam

Groom Sangeet & Wedding: Nazranaa

Groom Reception: My.Suit

Hair & Make-Up: My hair and make-up looks were each themed and carefully crafted to look different than the look before, thanks to Ms. Painted Lady. The Haldi was a natural neutral look; the Mehndi was a mermaid-inspired look, the Sangeet was a natural pink lip look in combination with full jewelry and a braided bun look, the Wedding was natural make-up look with a deep red lip along with a big braid. The reception was a full glam look with both make-up and hair!  I absolutely LOVED my make-up and hair looks; it was so fun to see it all come together!

Draping: I used BeautyByJLis by Joan Lis Kalarickal and Elegant Saree Draping by Jency Thomas for draping my mom, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and myself. They were so timely and good at what they did!  My mom loved how her draping was done for the wedding, which was so nice to see!

Catering: We went on many tastings until we finally settled on a few catering options. We were lucky enough to have booked these places that delivered an amazing food experience for our guests! We had Fadi’s, Jagdish Farshan, Our Place, Bawarchi in Irving, Hilton Anatole, and Dallas Affaires Cake Co all be a part of the process of putting together a wonderful menu for our guests. We also had a large dessert spread which our guests loved!

Photography/Videography: We wanted to make sure that we connected well with our photographer/videographer. This was important so that we feel comfortable in various shots and so our photographer could guide us through the process. Peter Nguyen Studio was that for us. Peter was able to capture feelings, angles, lighting, and all the things to make our shots the best. We also did our engagement photoshoot with him as well. I would highly recommend you vet your photographer/videographer to make sure you like their work because those will be the things you have after the wedding, that and your memories!

DJ: We used DJ Riz Entertainment for all of our music needs for the Sangeet, Wedding, and Reception. We also used DJ Riz Entertainment for the baraat, which was awesome. DJ Riz Entertainment was so great to work with when trying to decide what kinds of music we wanted for our events. He was able to capture moments and engage the crowd, which is what we wanted! Parag especially loved his baraat and the music that was played for his arrival!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When Parag and I were researching various Indian outfit designers, we loved how we could custom design aspects of the outfit at Nazranaa. When we walked in, I immediately knew the lengha hanging on the back wall was going to be my wedding dress! Initially, I wanted a colorful or patchwork wedding lengha. Still, as time went on and I saw the varieties in wedding lenghas, I wanted to go more traditional for the wedding and more modern for the reception! Since our wedding was near the holidays in November, both Parag and I went for this deeper red velvet color with heavy embroidery throughout. My bridal lengha also had hints of pinks and peaches in it to give me that unique look. The outfits we chose were perfect for us!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the wedding planning process for Parag and me was definitely the taste tests because we are foodies, as well as trying on different outfits with our families. For the taste tests, we were lucky enough to try three different lunch/dinner caterers, three different cake vendors, and our hotel’s catering.  It was all so good and such a fun, unforgettable time for both of us! Each of our five events had a different theme and purpose, so we utilized various designers that were wonderful in helping us find the right outfit! Trying on outfits and picking the right one was an experience and a memorable moment that we were able to share with our families. My family flew up from Texas to NYC to spend time with Parag’s family and try on different outfits. Parag’s family hosted my family’s visit and toured them around NYC, which was a fun experience!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Community  Our guests loved how our wedding felt like a community where everyone felt included and a part of the family.  Parag and I are close to the guests that were invited, whether they be strong work colleagues, close family friends, family or friends!  We wanted our guests to feel completely comfortable, especially since many of our guests had never attended an Indian wedding prior to our wedding. So many of the guests said they were initially nervous about what to expect and making sure they did things right, but once the festivities started, they realized how relaxed and inclusive our wedding was and absolutely loved it all.  We wanted everyone to come to eat, dance, drink, and have a fabulous time!  In addition, our guests loved the décor, our colorful outfits, and the food (many different Indian regional foods from both South India (me!) and North India (Parag)! Finally, many guests raved about our 360 photobooths which Parag surprised me with at the reception!  This was such an interactive, modern fun-filled activity that it took our reception to the next level.  It added that little extra fun to the party!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes! So many wonderful, fun moments from our wedding, but three of the most memorable were our messy Haldi, the baraat, and stealing Parag’s shoes!
Our Haldi was an amazing experience where close guests of the family came to prep Sweta and Parag for their big day.  The turmeric blend was spread on both of us to cleanse us prior to the wedding festivities. It was such a happy coming together of family and friends!  It was an intimate, lovely event and a moment to remember. 
The second event was the baraat! Parag was looking forward to his baraat and being able to see his wife soon!  He felt like it was everything he wanted and more – with confetti, dancing, and a dhol player and all!
The third special moment was during the wedding ceremony when the bridesmaids had to steal the groom’s shoes.  Parag and I will forever remember Parag having a decoy pair of shoes thanks to his groomsmen and the bridesmaids figuring this out. Once the bridesmaids figured out where the real shoes were, a couple of them jumped in to steal his shoes. As this was taking place, I noticed my bridesmaids were struggling, so I jumped into a group of bodies to steal these shoes. Thanks to my lovely bridesmaids and Parag’s chivalrous groomsmen, I came out with the shoes for the win!

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.
Telugu Wedding:  Parag and I were lucky enough to have an intimate Telugu ceremony prior to our big fat Indian wedding. Parag is Gujarati, and I am Telugu, so we fused both traditions to make sure both sides were represented well!

Dances: Parag and I had Raas and Garba for the Sangeet and then, of course, a variety of music for the reception!  We also decided that we would love for our friends to be a part of our wedding adventure. My friends and I decided to do a spliced-together fusion mix of Indian and American songs in the Sangeet performance. In contrast, Parag and his friends performed to spliced-together Indian songs.  Both teams had such a fun time, although who actually won the dance competition is still up for debate. I am pretty sure my crew showed up and brought home the win!

We had names for our signature drinks at our wedding, which were well received:
Bride’s Drink: Sweta Sour
Groom’s Drink: NYC Mezcal
Groom & Bride’s Drink: Parag & Sweta’s Whiskey Business

AVSD Productions Wedding Video Message: During a wedding, it is hard to connect with each of your guests intimately, so we arranged for a video message booth for our guests to chat with us! This was so fun to view and see later! This was different and took the place of our guestbook, which was great!

DFW 360 Photobooths with Sir: What a wonderful way to set our wedding apart! The 360 photo booth was perfect for giving us that X factor for our reception.  It was a little fun surprise that our guests were able to take home!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the moment!  I was told this advice by many of my friends and colleagues, and it is so true! Don’t get too caught up in the details of what is not happening right the week of the wedding, but instead, enjoy your hubby, your guests, and the moment. Thankfully Indian weddings are a few days to take in your moments, but always just be happy for having the chance to have these moments that you will cherish forever!

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 had two hashtags! The Haldi & Mehndi hashtag was “SwetaNY” since Parag=NY and Parag was from NY! It was a charming fit for our more intimate events.

The Sangeet, Wedding & Reception hashtag was “PSSayYes” since P=Parag and S=Sweta, and both say yes! We loved it!

Darlings, I hope you loved this story as much as I did. I'll see you for the next entry with more!

DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Draping/Styling: ELEGANT SAREE DRAPING | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Live Music: DJ Riz Entertainment | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Venue: Hilton Anatole | Planning & Design: Events by Hala | Floral & Decor: Rao Factor | Hair & Makeup: Ms. Painted Lady | Catering: Jagdish Farshan | Catering: Our Place | Catering: Bawarchi in Irving | Haldi Bridal Fashions: Ave India Design Collective | Mehndi Bridal Fashions: Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika | Sangeet Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Wedding Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Reception Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Haldi Bridal Jewelry: Etsy | Mehndi Bridal Jewelry: Etsy | Sangeet Bridal Jewelry: Nazranaa | Wedding Bridal Jewelry: Nazranaa | Reception Bridal Jewelry: Nazranaa | Cake & Treats: Dallas Affaires Cake Co | Draping/Styling: Beauty By JLis by Joan Lis Kalarickal | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Rolex Card | Mehndi Artist: Dallas Henna Artist | Photo Booth: Sir J. The DJ | Rentals: Lawson Event Rentals


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