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Plano, TX Indian Fusion Wedding by Texpertz Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! Today is a special day, and we are pleased to be here with you sharing a true love story. I know you will love it as much as we did! Today we would like to unveil the marvelous wedding celebration between Anam & Aamir. So get ready to enjoy a double featuring that we have prepared for you. On this installment, we will take you to the exclusive 2616 Commerce Event Center for the pre-wedding ceremonies and celebrations. You will love every single part of them, especially how Anam glowed during the ceremonies. She chose the perfect allies to help her with her beauty needs. For her makeup and hairstyle, the talented Kashish By Hina praised her natural beauty with a marvelous design that made everyone sigh, while Kashish By Hina assisted her with a spectacular draping style that we loved so much. And we can't forget to mention the fantastic Mehndi art that KM Henistry created for her. What a winning combo! The beginning of these wedding festivities was a cornucopia of delicious food from Patriotic Pig, emotive speeches, fantastic choreographies, and of course, the great music beats from DJ Riz Entertainment, who turn the night into a real party. If you want to relive this moment, visit today's gallery, and if this is not enough, you can check the visual masterpiece here, both created by Texpertz Photography. You will be amazed!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Aamir and I met when I was in middle school and he was in high school! We started dating when I was 14 and he was 15. Little did we know that 13 years later we would be getting married. I think we knew that this was going to work for the long haul when we very quickly clicked. We went from being boyfriend/girlfriend to best friends and then to business partners. At that point, we knew that this relationship was going to be a love story for the books

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Every thanksgiving we vacation in Cancun with Aamir's family. This was the first thanksgiving that we were going to go along to Cancun. Naturally I knew something was up. We stayed at the Secrets the Vine in Cancun in the honeymoon suite. Aamir had been playing me since August and letting me book our trip when little did I know he knew which resort I would end up picking and from there he worked with the resort for a romantic beach proposal. It was the cutest and sweetest moment of my life! It was perfect! As we came around the corner to go down the steps to the beach you saw herds of people gathered around and I remember looking to Aamir and saying oh look someone is getting proposed too and then I remember doing a double take and being like OMG THATS MY NAME!

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.
Honestly this was SO FUN FOR ME! Being a corporate event planner i was so excited to plan a more creative like event. My favorite part was planning all the little surprise and delight experiences and my least favorite part was deciding on my outfits. I LITERALLY could not make a decision cause the pressure was so high.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew for my indian lengha I wanted a traditional red lengha. I have always dreamed of being a traditional bride in a bright red lengha. As I got older my dream started getting mixed in with an american style reception. With that being said we ended up doing a combo to make both dreams come true. A red lengha for the sangeet and a white lace wedding dress for the reception

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Honestly it was when we were able to get our families together to do DIY projects, dance practices and wedding planning! It was so fun to get everyone together and it will be one of my favorite memories from the wedding. I am blessed to have such AMAZING family and cousins who were by my side during this whole wedding process

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests favorite part of the wedding was how uniquely different it was. It had a good pairing of traditional and non-traditional elements.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our special moment was spending the morning of the reception with our bridal party and close family. We truly were blown away seeing everyone come together and make our dream wedding come together. I remember walking out from my hair and make-up into the venue hall and having that ah-huh moment on how blessed we truly are!

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.
Our 4 day wedding started off with a traditional mendhi at both the bride and grooms homes. It was filled with lots of food, laughter and dancing. We decided to change up the normal tradition and do the grooms egg rasum on this day to help the ease of the pithi/sangeet on the next day. The pithi and sangeet was our FAVORITE day! Our families put on wonderful performances and skits that talked about our relationship. Aamir and I are middle school sweethearts. Yes, middle school! The pithi had delicious indo-chinese food, chaat station, falooda station, bangle bar, bindi bar and dupatta bar. Guests were then served gourmet popcorn for their late night snack. The nikkah was on Friday and took place at our ismaili center in Plano. WE drove in style to the pithi in a McLaren and did the traditional khoba kobi game. Aamir build a WONDERFUL donut wall that we used to provide the traditional sweets for everyone to celebrate the marriage. On Saturday, we had a more americanized traditional reception! Growing up in the american culture but still having solid traditional roots made picking a theme for the wedding tough. Our happy medium was a FULL traditional mendhi, pithi, sangeet and nikkah with a non-traditional reception. We started the day off in a party bus and had a full day in the bridal and grooms suite with our bridal party! The evening kicked off with entrances, cake cutting and lots of dances. Each guest got to takeaway gourmet organic cotton candy for the favor. We catered barbeque food and had cupcakes and a smores bar for the desserts. We ended the evening with a sparkler exit and fireworks! It was truly a magical time!!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just enjoy every moment of it. All the stress during the weekend is not worth it! You have family to help with that. You want to be able to look back and be apart of your wedding

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mendhi had a few hidden elements that meant alot to me. For example an infinity sign with 2006 hidden in it. That is the year we started dating. Cake tasting was one of our favorite days! We wanted something different and seasonal so we went with mint chocolate chip, coffee flavored and cinnamon spice. The venue for each of our days were so different. Pithi/Sangeet had a more industrial and vibrant feel. The reception was rustic and modern at the same time. I truly think we paired a fusion of cultures into a very intimate and lovely little wedding.

Stay tuned for the marvelous wedding ceremony in our next post! You will love it. 

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Sangeet Venue: 2616 Commerce Event Center | Ceremony Venue: Ismaili Jamatkhana Plano | Reception Venue: Magnolia Grace Ranch | Floral & Decor: Alpha Decor & Design | Hair & Makeup: Kashish By Hina | Catering: Patriotic Pig | Bridal Fashions: Zar By Shehnaz Madhani | Cake & Treats: The PopShop and More | Cinematography / Photography: Texpertz Photography | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Kashish By Hina | Favors: Make Your Life Sweeter | Fireworks: PrestoTechnics LLC | Mehndi Artist: KM Henistry | Photo Booth: Social Photo Booth | Rentals: Top Tier Rentals | Transportation: Prime Limo | Registry: Amazon


Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Wildcolors by abi

TGIF! Maharanis, you will love what we have for you today! The beautiful feature of Bindiya & Himesh's wedding ceremony. So let's go to the grand Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta, a magnificent venue that harbored the celebrations for our lovebirds! And there's no doubt that they made the right choice! If you were waiting to see the look of Maharani Bindiya, let me tell you that you will be astounded as she entered the marvelous hall dazzling everyone with a perfect look from head to toe. Her incredible style was thanks to the incredible team of Edge & Priss Luxury Bridal Glam, who glamorized our lovely lady on her special day! And how can we forget to mention the fantastic saree she wore? Shyamal & Bhumika did a great job creating the perfect bridal outfit for her. To conclude this phenomenal gala, a tremendous reception was held to celebrate the love of these two! While, our friends from Encore Entertainment put everyone on their feet, entertaining all guests and creating a memorable party! Amazing beats! If you want to relive this fantastic moment, visit today's gallery, brought to us thanks to Wildcolors by abi. You will be inspired.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We actually met during my fourth year of college at a UGA vs UTK college football game in Knoxville, Tennessee. We had mutual friends, but had never crossed paths before. I remember the first day I was in Knoxville and my cousin had introduced us, and Himesh actually ignored me and showed zero interest in making an acquaintance. I remember thinking "wow people in Tennessee are rude."
 
The next day after the game, in a bar of course, I had a second encounter with Himesh. My friends and cousins had gone to the bathroom, and I was sitting by myself. Himesh came over to to talk to me (probably to console me after UGA's tragic loss) and we just had a casual conversation that neither of us really thought much of. I remember he asked me the same question twice in regards to my major.
 
After we parted ways, I remember being back in Athens and getting a friend request from him on Facebook. I messaged him first thanking him for giving me company in Knoxville and the rest was history! We instantly connected and talked about our childhood memories, life goals, family, interests and of course I had to make fun of him a few times. I eventually agreed to go on our first date. He was in medical school in East Tennessee at the time and showed up to my apartment late! Of course all the restaurants were closed at this time so I decided to just cook dinner for us. I made him falafel (which he loved -- and if you know Himesh you know he loves food), we talked for hours, and soon realized we were two pieces of the same soul. We dated for 3.5 years until we finally got married and moved to Jacksonville, Florida for his residency at Mayo Clinic!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
- The groom's perspective (Himesh Zaver):
Someone once told me "when you know, you know." From the beginning, with B, I knew I was in for a lifetime of laughter and smiles...on a full stomach. The hardest part of the proposal was not picking out the perfect ring or asking her father for her hand in marriage, instead it was planning something she would never forget. I've always tried my best to remind her she's worth a million bucks and more, and I went through hundreds of scenarios, locations, and ways I would ask. With B, it has never been the gift that put a smile on her face, but the handwritten card or letter that went with it. In the end, I decided on the things that matter most to her.
 
Our proposal was made possible with the support and help of many of our family and friends. Bindiya's day began with a letter, a painting, and her favorite breakfast. Her first letter highlighted how we met, our first date, and playful clues on what to expect throughout the day.  When first getting to know B, she told me her favorite flower was the Black Dahlia. On our first date, I brought her Black Dahlia flower seeds because I was never able to find the actual flower. Fast forward two and a half years and I still have not been able to get my hands on those flowers so I had a painting made of the exact jar of seeds I brought her and the full bloomed Dahlia. As the day went on, Bindiya received more letters, had a manicure with her sister, and finally arrived at Piedmont Park where I nervously awaited for her arrival. I was under a gazebo, and although I forgot how I asked, and honestly even if she said yes or not, I do remember how perfect she looked, and how happy I was to now call her my fiancé!     
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I flew to India specifically for wedding shopping. I found all of my outfits for each day's events in Bombay. I definitely had an open mind when I began my wedding shopping. I saved pins on pinterest and had a few ideas in mind. I spent the first 3 days just browsing at various stores and designers so I could see all my options.
 
I remember walking into Shyamal & Bhumika and just falling in love with the hand embroidered work and contrasting colors. I never saw myself wearing "all" red, but I knew I wanted to incorporate the color in my wedding lengha as it's a traditional color in Hindu weddings. Ironically, I ended up selecting a bridal lengha from Shyamal & Bhumika that I had a screen-shot of on my phone. Before I even saw it in person, I loved this dress but never really thought it was suit me or be within my reach. I really loved the contrasting mint, peach, pinks, and coral red's within my outfit and my husband's outfit! I was truly blessed with this beautiful dress! I wouldn't have it any other way.
 
In addition, on the day of the wedding, I was able to also wear my mother's wedding sari (33 years old I might add) for the Baraat and groom welcoming. It was really important to me to be able to share a piece of my parents' wedding on my special day because we both share the same wedding anniversary. That's right, April 20th was also my parents' wedding date. This wasn't planned but it's funny how things turn out. I'll always have this memory with me and remember them as I celebrate the years to come with Himesh!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
A unique part of my wedding was that all five events of my wedding were at the same venue. All the guests, both bride and groom's side, stayed at the same hotel where the ballroom was also located. Everyone was able to hangout during downtimes and get together and talk. I remember everyone telling my parents and me that they had such a blast because of the convenience and timeliness of all of the wedding events. My dad and I planned my wedding on our own and made sure everything ran according to schedule.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
A wedding comes once in a lifetime. It took me a long time (near the last month really) to get over the stress of wedding planning and actually start to enjoy the process. Now looking back on it, I truly loved spending time with my family planning the events, and I'll always cherish these memories. The amount of love and support you receive throughout this process and on the big day is truly indescribable. For all future brides-to-be, I really recommend remembering the true meaning of marriage and the point of having a wedding. At the end of the day, it's not about the little details like a fancy car, forgotten dessert, technical AV difficulties, but solely about you getting to marry the love of your life on a day you will never get back or forget.
 
We have more, visit us in a bit for more of this great love story. 
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Photography: Wildcolors by abi | Cinematography: Wildcolors by abi | Venues: Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta | Floral & Decor: 5th season | Hair & Makeup: Edge & Priss Luxury Bridal Glam | Catering: Annapurna Catering Service | DJ: Encore Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Shyamal & Bhumika | Mehndi Artist: Rozisalim Virani


Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Two Pair Photography

We know you loved this wedding as much as we did! What was not to love? It had everything that a real Maharani wedding experience must have! Style, glamour, sophistication, and of course, love. Today and thanks to Two Pair Photography we will be witnessing everything that went on for the lavish reception at Marie Gabrielle Restaurant, beautifully decorated by Pollen Events, of course. If you were loving Maharani Nupi's bridal gown then you will be stunned by her reception outfit. Such a classic gown with just the right amount of modern touchups! So stunning! And what about the person who swept our Maharani of her feet? The groom Raj was beaming with a royal blue tux that gave him that royal allure that every Raja should have. So neat! So ladies, join us once more in today's gallery thanks to Two Pair Photography and get those ideas going!

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More to come, don't go anywhere!

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Draping/Styling: ELEGANT SAREE DRAPING | Photography: Two Pair Photography | Ceremony Venue: Hindu Temple | Reception Venue: Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens | Planning & Desing: After Yes | Floral & Decor: Pollen Events | DJ: Glenn LeForce Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Brides of Sabyasachi | Cake & Treats: Layered Bake Shop | Cinematography: Turquoise Video Productions | Transportation: B&G Getaway


Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Two Pair Photography

We are just a couple of days away from Christmas, ladies, how exciting! Do you know what is also exciting? You got it! All the ideas brought to us by Nupi & Raj's lovely nuptials. Today, we head down to Dallas for a truly magnificent representation of what Indian weddings are all about. Style, glam and everything in between! But hold on a minute, we know what you are thinking. Where did that gorgeous peach lengha come from? Well, perhaps our friends from ELEGANT SAREE DRAPING can give you a clue! Such experts in making our bride looking just perfect! You seriously can't miss this, ladies, join us in today's gallery beautifully crafted by Two Pair Photography! Don't miss it!

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Don't go anywhere, part two coming up!

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Draping/Styling: ELEGANT SAREE DRAPING | Photography: Two Pair Photography | Ceremony Venue: Hindu Temple | Reception Venue: Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens | Planning & Desing: After Yes | Floral & Decor: Pollen Events | DJ: Glenn LeForce Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Brides of Sabyasachi | Cake & Treats: Layered Bake Shop | Cinematography: Turquoise Video Productions | Transportation: B&G Getaway


Elmhurst, IL Indian Wedding by Niraj Gandhi Photography

After the gorgeous ceremony came to an end and Megha & Anand finally tied the knot, it was time to head down to the reception hall of the Waterford Banquet & Conference Center for a party for the ages. For this occasion, our gorgeous bride rocked a teal and fuschia saree that totally caught me off guard. I am so in loved with the mix of those colors so much, I can quickly see them become a thing! So amazing! And what about the person who swept our Maharani off her feet? The groom was totally beaming wearing this royal blue and black tux that for sure explained why the bride gave him the "yes"! So, ladies, we know that you were left wanting for more so here you have it! Head down to part two of the gallery thanks to Niraj Gandhi Photography and get inspired! 

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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.
We got a lot of inspiration from Instagram - including decor, outfits, hair/makeup, even the bridal bouquet! We then found vendors through websites such as Maharani Weddings' Platinum Guide and Instagram itself. By looking through the vendors' portfolios, we were able to decide which vendors matched our style and could create what we envisioned. We kept our parents very involved in areas such as the invitations, venue, and caterers and then made our own decisions as a couple regarding decor, photography, etc. to match our personal style. This also helped keep everyone in their own lanes!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I didn't want to go to India for wedding shopping and that I could find my outfits locally. A couple of days after I got engaged, my mom and I went to the local boutique a few minutes from my house just to see what the latest trends were. As we were flipping through the racks, I saw the most beautiful Cinderella blue lehenga with contrasting fuchsia embroidery and borders. It was a color combination I hadn't seen before and just had to try it on! As soon as I put on the lehenga and stepped out of the dressing room, I knew it was the one! Between the colors, design, fit, and subtle sparkle, this was definitely the lehenga for me. We decided this would be the perfect reception outfit.
 
My wedding lehenga, however, was not as easy to find! After looking through all of the online shopping websites I knew, there wasn't anything that caught my eye. I spent hours looking through Instagram for inspiration, and all of the red lehengas began to look very similar. I began to see more pastel-colored wedding lehengas and was drawn to the lighter colors. It dawned on me that the lehengas I loved the most were ivory with touches of pastel.
 
My next step was to look at lehengas by different designers to see if there were any designs I liked and could customize in the colors I wanted. This is when I came across a lehenga by Suruchi Parakh Couture, a Surat-based designer who was recommended to me by my cousin. The lehenga, which originally came in a dark pink color, had a heavily embroidered blouse and peacocks all around the skirt. The design was different and refreshing. I reached out to Suruchi and explained to her my idea of customizing the outfit in pastel colors. She quickly sent over a sketch and it was exactly what I had in mind. Suruchi was just as excited as I was to create this design in a trendy new color palette! Over the next several months, Suruchi and I kept in touch to discuss details and she would provide updates with pictures. Finally, the lehenga was completed and arrived at my house. I was so happy that Suruchi was able to see my vision and bring it to life! The lehenga together with the veil, jewelry, mehendi, hair, and makeup was exactly how I envisioned myself as a bride.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
For me, the most enjoyable part of the planning process was designing the mandap! We gave the mandap a lot of importance because it is the focal point of the wedding. I wanted it to have a very luxurious and elegant yet modern feel. We found a decorator who really matched this style and was able to make my vision come to life - and who was just as excited about the new design! The mandap was unlike anything our guests had seen before, and we received many compliments on it!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
It was raining very hard during the baraat and both the groom's and bride's side ended up dancing together under the covered hotel entrance like one big party! While the bride is often not seen until she walks down the aisle, I joined the party and Anand and I gave a little performance during the baraat! The guests really enjoyed this little twist! Our wedding ceremony was in the afternoon and went straight into cocktail hour and reception - the guests certainly appreciated that it wasn't an early morning start!

 

Amazing wasn't it? More to come, stick around! 

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Mehndi Artists: Henna Moments | Cinematography: PaRaagon Films | Photography: Niraj Gandhi Photography | Sangeet Venue: Fountain View Recreation Center / Carol Stream Park District | Ceremony Venue: Waterford Banquet & Conference Center | Reception Venue: Waterford Banquet & Conference Center | Floral & Decor: Siblana Event Design | Hair & Makeup: Priti Gandhi | Catering: India House | DJ: DJ Prashant | Baraat: DJ Prashant | Bridal Fashions: Suruchi Parakh Couture | Bridal Jewelry: Kundan_Kouture | Bridal Jewelry: á La Couture | Cake & Treats: Scrumptious by Hira | Draping/Styling: Priti Gandhi | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Ashu Card


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