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Chicago, IL - TX Muslim Wedding by Mir Anwar Studios

Welcome back, loves! After witnessing both Mehndi and Muslim celebrations and all of their glam and elegance, it is now time for the long-awaited main ceremony and the reception afterward, held at the Omni Downtown Dallas, which was fabulously decorated by Wedding Decor By Faiza. Maharani Shaleen's gorgeous violet lengha is without a doubt one of my all time favorites. Its exquisiteness and style are just too much! A middle eastern princess indeed! Also, we can't forget about the person who swept our bride of her feet. Raja Sabih was looking totally sharp, rocking a satin black sherwani with details in gold and wine that was a total knockout. Seriously, this couple truly made their vision come true and we are loving every aspect of it. Noblesse at its finest! The union was held at the exclusive Bolingbrook Golf Club, skillfully decorated by the striking floral arrangements and taste of none other than Yanni Design Studio. We are madly loving this feature, Maharanis, we are sure you are just going to love it as well, so, enough with words and let's get with the pictures thanks to Mir Anwar Studios and their talent. Click down below for part two of our gallery and relive one more time what went on for Shaleen & Sabih's espousal bash. 

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Some background to this story is that I love to read. A few months prior to proposing, I was at Target running errands and ended up in the book section unable to make up my mind as to which book I should buy. Sabih called me just to see what I was up to and I told him my dilemma that there so many books I wanted to read but couldn't pick just one. He asked me the names of the books on my must-read list. I told him and eventually left Target thinking I'd buy the books later. Fast forward to July 2017. I went to Dallas to celebrate Sabih's birthday with him (we were long distance) and he took me to the botanical gardens the day before his birthday. We walk down to a portion of the gardens with a bench on the bench are a stack of the same books that I mentioned I wanted a few months back. Along with those books is another really beautiful book. Sabih asks me to sit down, tells me he's going to read me a story. He opens the book and each page tells a story about my life from my childhood days to when I first met Sabih and our time together. He handwrote each page and drew pictures of the house I grew up in, the masjid I pray at and so much more.  The very last page of the book said "will you marry me" and the ring was placed in the book. There was a photographer nearby who was able to capture every moment. 
 
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.
Excel sheets, a supportive family and friends and my husband were the reason the wedding was everything I imagined it would be and more. I made sure to book venues and makeup and photographers first since those book fast. I knew what colors I wanted my mehndi outfit to be and then led to color and theme for the wedding. I wanted a festive almost Aladdin themed mehndi. I wanted to the Shaadi to be a candlelight dinner. My goal was for each event to be different from the last. I made my vision clear the vendors, had multiple follow up visits to make sure we were all the same page. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My mom, sister and cousins all came to Pakistan with me to help me pick out a lengha. I knew I wanted a deep shade of red. I went to a ton different places but nothing gave me that bridal feeling until I tried the deep red outfit at Farah Talib. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Because Sabih and I were pretty hands-on with the planning, the best part was seeing what we envisioned come to life. My mom was my right hand and I loved that the planning process allowed us to spend more time together. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the food, decor, and dances. My dad was in charge of managing the caterers and assured that everyone was able to enjoy the different cuisines we had (American, Pakistani, Chinese and Mexican food). Both my side and Sabih’s side worked hard to put together a medley of dances that the crowd really enjoyed
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Sabih and I didn’t do a first look so the first time I see him on our wedding day was when I walked down the aisle. I was nervous walking in front of everyone but as soon my eyes met Sabih’s everything felt better. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Live in the moment. It’s the best time of your life so don’t get caught up in little details not going your way. Take in each moment and enjoy it. 
 
Remember ladies, more every day! 
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Floral & Decor: Wedding Decor By Faiza | DJ: Outspoken Visions Entertainment | Photography: Mir Anwar Studios | Cinematography: Mir Anwar Studios | Catering: Anmol Catering | Mehndi Venue: Embassy Suites Naperville | Nikah Venue: Islamic Foundation | Wedding Venue: Bolingbrook Golf Club | Valima Venue: Omni Downtown Dallas | Mehndi Ceremony Floral & Decor: Lavish Designs | Wedding Floral & Decor: Yanni Design Studio | Valima Catering: Jimmy Burger by Bilal | Nikah Bridal Fashions: Ayesha Somaya | Mehndi Ceremony Bridal Fashions: Ansab Jahangir | Wedding Bridal Fashion: Farah Talib Aziz | Valima Bridal Fashion: Sana Safinaz | Chairs / Linens: Classic Chair Covers & Linens


Chicago, IL - TX Muslim Wedding by Mir Anwar Studios

Happy Monday, ladies! We are very excited about the feature we have for you today. Ideas and inspiration are completely assured! No less, our gorgeous Maharani Shaleen was all things glamorous and enchanting for her big day and her style was to die for. This gorgeous Muslim wedding took place both, in Chicago for the traditional ceremonies and in Dallas for the reception. For this first installment, we will be witnessing the Muslim and the Mehndi ceremonies held at the Windy City and what an incredible set of celebrations they were! For the Mehndi ceremony, the lovely couple had matching outfits. They chose a coral, light turquoise, and beige/gold color palette that was as modern and elegant as it could get. Everyone was completely stoked! Good thing that our friends from Anmol Catering were there after the Mehndi celebration to pamper the guests with the delicious food they are distinguished for. For the Muslim union, our bride came out looking dazzling, of course. She rocked a white gown with little details in silver that left us totally speechless. So alluring! There is a lot going on that you definitely have to see it for yourself. So join us for part one of our gallery of today thanks to Mir Anwar Studios and get that inspo going!  

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Some background to this story is that I love to read. A few months prior to proposing, I was at Target running errands and ended up in the book section unable to make up my mind as to which book I should buy. Sabih called me just to see what I was up to and I told him my dilemma that there so many books I wanted to read but couldn't pick just one. He asked me the names of the books on my must-read list. I told him and eventually left Target thinking I'd buy the books later. Fast forward to July 2017. I went to Dallas to celebrate Sabih's birthday with him (we were long distance) and he took me to the botanical gardens the day before his birthday. We walk down to a portion of the gardens with a bench on the bench are a stack of the same books that I mentioned I wanted a few months back. Along with those books is another really beautiful book. Sabih asks me to sit down, tells me he's going to read me a story. He opens the book and each page tells a story about my life from my childhood days to when I first met Sabih and our time together. He handwrote each page and drew pictures of the house I grew up in, the masjid I pray at and so much more.  The very last page of the book said "will you marry me" and the ring was placed in the book. There was a photographer nearby who was able to capture every moment. 
 
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.
Excel sheets, a supportive family and friends and my husband were the reason the wedding was everything I imagined it would be and more. I made sure to book venues and makeup and photographers first since those book fast. I knew what colors I wanted my mehndi outfit to be and then led to color and theme for the wedding. I wanted a festive almost Aladdin themed mehndi. I wanted to the Shaadi to be a candlelight dinner. My goal was for each event to be different from the last. I made my vision clear the vendors, had multiple follow up visits to make sure we were all the same page. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My mom, sister and cousins all came to Pakistan with me to help me pick out a lengha. I knew I wanted a deep shade of red. I went to a ton different places but nothing gave me that bridal feeling until I tried the deep red outfit at Farah Talib. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Because Sabih and I were pretty hands-on with the planning, the best part was seeing what we envisioned come to life. My mom was my right hand and I loved that the planning process allowed us to spend more time together. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the food, decor, and dances. My dad was in charge of managing the caterers and assured that everyone was able to enjoy the different cuisines we had (American, Pakistani, Chinese and Mexican food). Both my side and Sabih’s side worked hard to put together a medley of dances that the crowd really enjoyed
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Sabih and I didn’t do a first look so the first time I see him on our wedding day was when I walked down the aisle. I was nervous walking in front of everyone but as soon my eyes met Sabih’s everything felt better. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Live in the moment. It’s the best time of your life so don’t get caught up in little details not going your way. Take in each moment and enjoy it. 
 
I hope to see you at the celebrations!
STYLE
GUIDE
style
Romantic
Pakistani
season
Spring
color
Floral & Decor: Wedding Decor By Faiza | DJ: Outspoken Visions Entertainment | Photography: Mir Anwar Studios | Cinematography: Mir Anwar Studios | Catering: Anmol Catering | Mehndi Venue: Embassy Suites Naperville | Nikah Venue: Islamic Foundation | Wedding Venue: Bolingbrook Golf Club | Valima Venue: Omni Downtown Dallas | Mehndi Ceremony Floral & Decor: Lavish Designs | Wedding Floral & Decor: Yanni Design Studio | Valima Catering: Jimmy Burger by Bilal | Nikah Bridal Fashions: Ayesha Somaya | Mehndi Ceremony Bridal Fashions: Ansab Jahangir | Wedding Bridal Fashion: Farah Talib Aziz | Valima Bridal Fashion: Sana Safinaz | Chairs / Linens: Classic Chair Covers & Linens


Jersey City, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by House of Talent Studio

It is time for a wardrobe change! After the awe-inspiring ceremony, the newlyweds headed down to the majestic Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson for a ravishing bash. There, their nearest and dearest arrived looking amazing for a celebration of a lifetime. DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting brought his A - game and curated a playlist for the ages. Going from classics, modern sounds, to Bollywood tunes, it was all there! Guests' feet couldn't stop dancing! A strong couple of reasons why this event was such bliss, was of course because of Tum Hi Ho Events and Partyland Event Design Boutique. This incredible duo teamed up to create a magnificent setup with stunning floral arrangements to complete the couple's vision. Maharani standard kind of glam! Head to the full gallery to see all the inspiring details of this stunning event captured by House of Talent Studio

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We were actually introduced by our parents! At the time, I had lived in DC for several years and moved to NY for residency, and Jay was doing a residency in DC. We never really crossed paths but had mutual friends, and some of my friends knew him from the hospital. When my parents brought it up, I thought it was insane - it was a five-hour drive, I had one weekend off a month (at best) during my residency's intern year and it made no sense. But, I was about to visit DC to visit my best friends, and when I mentioned to a friend, she immediately vouched for Jay and said she thought we would get along really well. I had never gone on a blind date like this before, and Jay had experienced a couple of flops... Needless to say, neither of us was particularly enthusiastic but figured meeting each other couldn't hurt. Dinner was a blast, and that turned into going to an arcade across the street, to meeting up with my friends afterward to hang out since we knew it would be at least a month before we could see each other again. The funny thing about starting a long distance relationship when you're both residents is that your time off is so precious that you're not going to waste it... if you want to see someone who's 5 hours away on your only real weekend off in a month, it's automatically a huge commitment, so we never really had to have a "talk" about what we were doing. We just had amazing weekends together when we could, and kept planning the next one. About six months after we started seeing each other, I, a girl who is absolutely and completely allergic to sports who doesn't know a single rule of any game, ended up going to Ann Arbor to watch the Michigan Wolverines play... at that point, I think everyone who knew me knew I had met the one! 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Jay proposed in December of 2017, almost two years after we had met. We were still making weekend trips to see each other, and it was around the time that I was finding out where I was going to match for my fellowship after residency. I had an idea that he was planning something (he kind of asked me if I was going to treat myself to a manicure after the match... a sure hint!) but I didn't really know what. After I found out where I matched, I wanted to have a great weekend to celebrate, so lucky for him, I was already planning on getting dolled up in a new outfit and dangerously high heels regardless of the snow. I thought we were starting off our day stopping by a friend's birthday, but instead, while I was sleeping after working a night call, Jay had arrived in NY and set up a proposal in DUMBO, by the Brooklyn Bridge in front of the carousel. It was such a sweet moment, and an even better way to celebrate an already happy weekend!

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.
I have a pretty good idea of what my taste is... I'm the low maintenance kind who doesn't shop often, but with particular tastes. So I knew I wasn't into pastels, wanted jewel tones for everything, and a very regal look without floral patterns. I love purple and red, so that was going to be a big part of what I looked for. My traditional engagement sari was a very rich ruby red, I found a gorgeous rich purple 9-yard sari for our extremely traditional ceremony, and I went with emerald green for a reception lehnga - the only lehnga I had for the day. I've been absolutely obsessed with mehndi since I was little; I always used to basically get a bridal mehndi done when we visited India, so literally, the first thing I did was spend a number of hours I'll never admit to poring over henna portfolios and booking an artist. Henna by Pallavi drew an absolutely gorgeous design, including both the NY and DC skylines to represent our relationship. We're a very urban couple, and we wanted a gorgeous view, which made it pretty simple to hone in on the Jersey City skyline for the backdrop and found a venue with a terrace that was just incredible. We used DJ Raj for a couple of other events in the past, and it was a no brainer to book him again. His playlist was incredible! I used pictures from Maharani Weddings to find most of our vendors when it came to hair and makeup, and a lot of googling to find specific things like photobooths. We knew we had a hundred moving parts and would never survive the day without a wedding planner, so we went with the online reviews, and Tum Hi Ho Events was a winner.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We heard people raving about the World Trade Center skyline backdrop we had for the ceremony. We were so lucky - it was the only day that week it wasn't raining! The decorations from Partyland were also just incredible. We wanted to have some variety and picked a theme for each ceremony. Our mehndi was Bollywood themed, with movie posters with our faces photoshopped into them that people loved, a rickshaw photo station surrounded by all kind of Bollywood paraphernalia, our ceremony was more traditional and formal, and our reception was a combination of our personalities and interests - travel theme, with paper airplane seating cards, tables named after places we've been to, and U of M football. We ran in under a Michigan themed banner held by our wedding party and had a cake with travel/football themed designs on each tier. Our cake picture is actually one of our favorite pictures because it has so much of what we love in one picture!

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Remember that everyone in your family has their own vision of the day and a different priority. Your parents likely care so much more about the religious aspects of the ceremony than the centerpieces, and you probably feel the opposite. It's hard to compromise on anything that anyone wants so badly, but you have to or it gets completely out of control. Use spreadsheets, google docs, make lists and checklists of EVERYTHING that needs to be done - every vendor, every task, every quote so you know the scope of what you're doing and can keep a handle on it.

 

Every day a new wedding to get dazzled by! 

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DJ: DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting | Photography: House of Talent Studio | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | Hair & Makeup: StyleBySmita | Floral & Decor: Partyland Event Design Boutique | Planning & Design: Tum Hi Ho Events | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson | Photo Booth: Photobomb


Jersey City, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by House of Talent Studio

Friday is here, loves! And just before you go on weekend mode, we have yet another inspiring love story to keep on watering the ideas to flourish into a beautiful bash in the future! Today, and ending the week big time, we have Karishma & Jay's union and it is just as you want your perfect day to be. Glamorous and incredible! Our well-known friends from House of Talent Studio were ready to capture, with their cameras and talented eye, the unique moments that make up for our feature today. Truly an amazing job from an amazing team! Our lovely couple tied the knot in two equally beautiful ceremonies. Maharani Karishma glowed in an orange sherbet lengha with details in gold that truly took my breath away, a dazzling copper princess! And, in a turquoise wonder with details in vivid blue, that unmistakably, displayed the Indian style in its full glory. The bridesmaids were also looking gorgeous thanks to the always mesmerizing work of StyleBySmita. She did an incredible job and just like our beautiful Maharani, they radiated beauty! Want to see more? Peruse through our exceptional picture collection in our full gallery to get your daily dose of inspiration. Don't miss it! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We were actually introduced by our parents! At the time, I had lived in DC for several years and moved to NY for residency, and Jay was doing a residency in DC. We never really crossed paths but had mutual friends, and some of my friends knew him from the hospital. When my parents brought it up, I thought it was insane - it was a five-hour drive, I had one weekend off a month (at best) during my residency's intern year and it made no sense. But, I was about to visit DC to visit my best friends, and when I mentioned to a friend, she immediately vouched for Jay and said she thought we would get along really well. I had never gone on a blind date like this before, and Jay had experienced a couple of flops... Needless to say, neither of us was particularly enthusiastic but figured meeting each other couldn't hurt. Dinner was a blast, and that turned into going to an arcade across the street, to meeting up with my friends afterward to hang out since we knew it would be at least a month before we could see each other again. The funny thing about starting a long distance relationship when you're both residents is that your time off is so precious that you're not going to waste it... if you want to see someone who's 5 hours away on your only real weekend off in a month, it's automatically a huge commitment, so we never really had to have a "talk" about what we were doing. We just had amazing weekends together when we could, and kept planning the next one. About six months after we started seeing each other, I, a girl who is absolutely and completely allergic to sports who doesn't know a single rule of any game, ended up going to Ann Arbor to watch the Michigan Wolverines play... at that point, I think everyone who knew me knew I had met the one! 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Jay proposed in December of 2017, almost two years after we had met. We were still making weekend trips to see each other, and it was around the time that I was finding out where I was going to match for my fellowship after residency. I had an idea that he was planning something (he kind of asked me if I was going to treat myself to a manicure after the match... a sure hint!) but I didn't really know what. After I found out where I matched, I wanted to have a great weekend to celebrate, so lucky for him, I was already planning on getting dolled up in a new outfit and dangerously high heels regardless of the snow. I thought we were starting off our day stopping by a friend's birthday, but instead, while I was sleeping after working a night call, Jay had arrived in NY and set up a proposal in DUMBO, by the Brooklyn Bridge in front of the carousel. It was such a sweet moment, and an even better way to celebrate an already happy weekend!

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.
I have a pretty good idea of what my taste is... I'm the low maintenance kind who doesn't shop often, but with particular tastes. So I knew I wasn't into pastels, wanted jewel tones for everything, and a very regal look without floral patterns. I love purple and red, so that was going to be a big part of what I looked for. My traditional engagement sari was a very rich ruby red, I found a gorgeous rich purple 9-yard sari for our extremely traditional ceremony, and I went with emerald green for a reception lehnga - the only lehnga I had for the day. I've been absolutely obsessed with mehndi since I was little; I always used to basically get a bridal mehndi done when we visited India, so literally, the first thing I did was spend a number of hours I'll never admit to poring over henna portfolios and booking an artist. Henna by Pallavi drew an absolutely gorgeous design, including both the NY and DC skylines to represent our relationship. We're a very urban couple, and we wanted a gorgeous view, which made it pretty simple to hone in on the Jersey City skyline for the backdrop and found a venue with a terrace that was just incredible. We used DJ Raj for a couple of other events in the past, and it was a no brainer to book him again. His playlist was incredible! I used pictures from Maharani Weddings to find most of our vendors when it came to hair and makeup, and a lot of googling to find specific things like photobooths. We knew we had a hundred moving parts and would never survive the day without a wedding planner, so we went with the online reviews, and Tum Hi Ho Events was a winner.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We heard people raving about the World Trade Center skyline backdrop we had for the ceremony. We were so lucky - it was the only day that week it wasn't raining! The decorations from Partyland were also just incredible. We wanted to have some variety and picked a theme for each ceremony. Our mehndi was Bollywood themed, with movie posters with our faces photoshopped into them that people loved, a rickshaw photo station surrounded by all kind of Bollywood paraphernalia, our ceremony was more traditional and formal, and our reception was a combination of our personalities and interests - travel theme, with paper airplane seating cards, tables named after places we've been to, and U of M football. We ran in under a Michigan themed banner held by our wedding party and had a cake with travel/football themed designs on each tier. Our cake picture is actually one of our favorite pictures because it has so much of what we love in one picture!

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be? 

Remember that everyone in your family has their own vision of the day and a different priority. Your parents likely care so much more about the religious aspects of the ceremony than the centerpieces, and you probably feel the opposite. It's hard to compromise on anything that anyone wants so badly, but you have to or it gets completely out of control. Use spreadsheets, google docs, make lists and checklists of EVERYTHING that needs to be done - every vendor, every task, every quote so you know the scope of what you're doing and can keep a handle on it.

 

Hang in there, ladies, more to come in a bit! 

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Romantic
season
Summer
color
DJ: DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting | Photography: House of Talent Studio | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | Hair & Makeup: StyleBySmita | Floral & Decor: Partyland Event Design Boutique | Planning & Design: Tum Hi Ho Events | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson | Photo Booth: Photobomb


New Brunswick, NJ Indian Wedding by Channa Photography

After the dreamy nuptials ended and Jaimy & Chirag vowed to love each other for the rest of their lives, it was time to honor that commitment with a grand party only Maharanis are able to pull off. The reception hall of the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick welcomed the newlyweds and their loved ones for the party, and as you can expect, it was absolutely glamorous! The team from Wedding Design by Ravi Verma created the enchanting floral designs and decorations that embellished every single corner of the venue, and it was as magical as the night the couple met. Everything was set up to match the bride's amazing teal and coral lengha, and also, their love for a starry night. That same star that with its light, shone in their hearts, the love for each other. Truly an outer space kind of connection! Chowpatty Catering and M4U Events completed the reception squad delivering the tasty treats and ravishing beats that for sure, left everyone stocked, mesmerized and touched by the stardust that fell over the spree. So, join us one more time in the full gallery by Channa Photography

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
In 2015- we met online. Being both doctors, time was not always on our side and I had minimal chance of meeting people since I had moved from the U.K to the U.S.A.Our first date was at a local restaurant in New Jersey. The plan was to go to a happy hour maybe for an hour or two and see where it took us. Unknowingly to both of us we hit it off and ended up staying for dinner and till the restaurant closed which was 6 hours later!
After numerous meetings, it was one night in NYC at our friends birthday that we realized we had fallen for each other. Cliches as it sounds, it was a clear night with stars sparkling away (this actually became our theme at our wedding! A night under the starry sky”.
Chirag had to make a decision on wherever he was going to stay in New Jersey or move to Chicago for his cardiology fellowship. According to him he knew quite early on and decided to give us a go and hence stayed back in New Jersey.
A year after, I had to move to Boston to work at the hospital there. It’s true what they say that distance makes the heart grow fonder. After our busy schedules somehow we managed to always drive to each other to meet. At first, it was hard to go from seeing each other every day to only being able to see each other once a month. I think this time apart tested wherever we truly were meant to be together. If anything it most certainly strengthened our bond and as I came to the end of my training as a doctor, he decided to propose! 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Surprisingly I had no idea he was going to propose.
I remember coming to New Jersey to spend a week with my family around Christmas time and spend some time with Chirag. At that time, I was interviewing for internal medicine residency positions in New Jersey. That week I had an interview as well as spending some quality time with my family. However, I was so tired given that the week before I had been working almost 8o to 90 hours. It was one of the coldest days of the year and Chirag had organized some time to spend in NYC together. There may have been subtle clues such as wanting to go ice skating in Central Park all of a sudden and my sister in law asking me a day before to get my nails done (something we don’t regularly do) small clues were missed by me simply because I was tired and was worried about my interviews for a job in New Jersey. I remember walking around in Central Park, again I must highlight the fact that it was the coldest day of the year. The sun was ready to set and Chirag asked me to climb up on a rock with him so we could take a selfie with a Central Park view (again just want to highlight that in our relationship it’s always me that wants to take selfies, not Chirag, again I didn’t think much of it) We had taken a picture and I turned around to look at my phone to see the picture as I turned back Chirag was down on one knee. Both of us were choked up that I can’t remember what he had said except ...” will you marry me”. Looking back as cliched as it sounds he wanted to place a “rock” on my finger on top of a rock that day. Later that evening our cousins and family got together in NYC. It was a simple yet unexpected proposal and it most certainly caught me by surprise! 
 
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.
Our planning took approximately 10 months or so. The initial hardest part was venue simply because we both come from large families as well as friends and were hoping to find places greater than 500 capacity. I had heard of Maharani and the knot and took inspiration from there to look around. Also, a lot of Chirag’s friends had got married so they had also given some suggestions too. Although we both wanted a destination wedding we chose New Jersey at the end of the day mainly because my grandmother was quite sick and always wanted to see our wedding, as well as wanting our close friends who have busy schedules to help us celebrate our big day.
We first shortlisted venues. It can take some time to find a venue and you can even sometimes lose time by going to see too many venues. I suggest doing a lot of internet research and phone calls to the venues so that you can get a shortlist of the top 5 venues.
 
My main questions were: could this accommodate 500-600 people easily? Although this sounds small detail to me it was important to have a reception room with no pillars in the middle of the hall as it would obscure the view of our guests! Additionally, a lot of hotel venues now have certain vendors to which they have their contracts combined with the caterer or decorator which can make the bride feel restricted. I opted for a place that would have a city vibe, a hotel so that our guests who came from afar did not need to worry about traveling in between venues as well as a large space that had no pillars in the way of the main hall. Luckily I found Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ able to successfully tick all these boxes. They were very well known for having large events every weekend and reassuringly they gave us the flexibility to bring any caterer we wanted. 
 
Once the venue was booked I worked on the decorator, which can surprisingly get booked up quickly in New Jersey. I had several cousins recommend Wedding Design, Ravi Verma. I had shopped around for few other decorators but Ravi has won me over with his creative mind and utmost professionalism as well as being reliable. 
Our DJ my husband had selected, being born and raised in New Jersey he had several options for his entertainment but in the end, M4U had won us over. We had also gone to Dulhan to his expo which helped confirm that this was the DJ we wanted! Makeup and hair I tried to secure 6 months before my event. It was worth it! I had the pleasure of having Bhargavi Patel, the CEO of Cinderella Bridez do my wedding and reception makeup. When I first met her I felt at ease, it anything despite her success she remained humble and treated me like a family member. She had recommended me to a personal trainer and had stated that a good skin regimen and gym regimen would help me glow more on the day of the wedding as opposed to just applying makeup. She was great to work with and it was a great package to have someone mentor you on skincare pre-wedding as well as a fitness regimen! 
 
Our outfits were purchased from India, 8 months in advance. I loved Sabyasachi designs of wedding and reception lenghas and opted for those designs on my special day.
 
Food and dessert were secured 8 weeks before the wedding.
I strongly suggest maintaining frequent contact with your caterers and having them involved/introduced to your hotel coordinator early on. We hadn’t had a good experience with one catering company - it was after the recommendation of my work colleague in the hospital had suggested to reach out to Bukhara Grill in NYC instead. I recall eating their often when I used to visit in my school days and I loved it. Raja Jhanjee did a phenomenal job with our reception dinner and cocktail hour. He was innovative and able to keep some tradition into our food simultaneously adding a modern twist.
Our lunch was typical Gujarati cuisine and so for this Chowpatty was our number one choice. I don’t live too far from their restaurant and frequently loved their food. 
 
Our guests really enjoyed both lunch and dinner that day. However, I think our dessert bar stole the show. Rather than having a cake cutting which we often see frequently in a lot of weddings and can sometimes go to waste as not everyone eats cake both Chirag and I decided on a dessert bar, I guess our thought was to appeal more to the kids but I know the adults ended up bringing their inner child out with the variety on display. I had the wonderful Dessert Ladies from Stirling, NJ design our dessert bar. Their tasting had won me over and their novel way of displaying desserts as well as different types of desserts such as the “bien trees” to “cake push pops” kept everyone entertained. My brother had introduced me to them and I was happy I chose them. Lindsay was very imaginative. I loved her vision! I never knew that we could create a dessert bar and have the fondant/ icing of desserts match my reception outfit. It was a mint green gold dress and they did an excellent job to match it! They wanted to know my theme and I had explained that we were going towards a “night under the stars theme”. From there they were able to provide a display that mimicked an English garden theme at night with fairy lights being displayed. This was intended to match our theme of the starry night.
 
With this theme, we were able to get a starry backdrop for our stage for the reception. The garden gate was added with fresh flowers and candles intertwined to mimic an under the stars theme in a romantic garden. Again the centerpieces were gold to match the gold embroidery of my dress and also match the love gold carriage that was used to display our desserts.
Chirag and I wanted to extend our theme even further for our starry night. So we created signs and even a “when we met” stars sign. All the backdrops of our sign had a starry background to match our reception decor. Additionally, we created table name cards with a starry backdrop. Small details such as table numbers we opted for in gold on backdrop of sparkling dark blue in order to match our theme. Our wedding favors were glass coasters with a starry backdrop on them. According to our family members it was clear we had a theme going on and several had mentioned that they had not seen this level of small details running through a constant theme.
Chirag and I wanted to say thanks to our guests for coming from afar and staying at the hotel so we had welcome bags which had a starry themed wedding insert outlining the events, with several snacks and water bottles for our guests. 
 
If your hotel gives you it then go ahead and do your signature drink. Corny as it sounds but as it was two doctors Getting married we decided to have a drink called “a painkiller” just what the Dr ordered!
 
As much as we spent time on all the details and vendors despite both of us having very busy schedules as doctors in training we wanted everyone just to have a good time! Therefore music, food, DJ and the liquor choice was something we wanted to get right. 
 
All these moments I described were captured by our lovely photographer Sukhbir Channa and we were happy that Jatinder Channa was able to create a fun unique same day edit that was displayed to our wedding guests prior to our reception entrance 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I believe going with an open mind helps when choosing outfits. What may look good on certain skin tones or body size may not be as flattering for someone else. We chose India for our wedding shopping which can be a double-edged sword as there is so much variety which can sometimes either end up becoming time-consuming or even more fun for looking for different choices. I’d probably have the blouse unstitched especially if trying to lose active weight. I wanted something more traditional with a combination of a slightly modern twist so I opted for maroon gold and blush pink. For my reception outfit, to be honest, this was not my original choice. It was perhaps my third choice after trying a few the reason I chose the outfit was because of my father. My dad is a stoic gentleman that doesn’t normally comment on what Indian outfits I’ll wear however when he came to the store he opted for the mint green and gold outfit saying it’d appear different. He was right! I hadn’t seen the color combination at any of the weddings I had attended prior to mine and noticed that this year mint green had made a comeback. I am close to my father and the fact that he opened up that day especially for someone that stays quiet! Was a big moment for me.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The enjoyable part is actually the end part. It seems more enjoyable towards the end when you finally start to see all your ideas and vision come together, we won’t lie but the food and dessert tastings were always a hit! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests enjoyed the food a lot. Especially the variety of different cuisines offered at cocktail hour from a bruschetta bar to a tandoori meat grill station. I wanted to have a little bit of everything to cater to all types of palates. However, the dessert bar was a hit. The display and variety blew everyone away. Variety was the key here and we wanted to offer different desserts rather than a wedding cake only. The idea worked! We also had our caterer provide small to go boxes for any little treats. Essentially there was surprisingly no leftovers at the dessert bar! 
 
Our wedding guests also loved the music, the indoor sparklers, and the cloud effect to mimic dancing on the stars with the starry dance floor was a huge hit. A lot were impressed by our same day edit too thanks to the Channa Brothers for capturing the pre-wedding and the day off so well!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I loved how Chirag and his family organized a surprise dance for me in lieu of what was supposed to be another slow dance with him. I also loved how our guests reacted when we surprised them with our dance medley of slow dancing blending into a Bollywood hit and Bhangra. Another big moment is walking down the aisle having an emotional song playing in the background which was “dilbaro” from raazi. The lyrics
 
“ ungli pakad ke tune
Chalna sikhaya tha na
Dehleez oonchi hai ye, paar karaa de
Baba main teri mallika...”
 
The moment those lyrics played and I saw the expression and tears in my parents' eyes will always be a moment I’ll never forget. Finally, my brother's speech struck an emotional chord too. A stoic protective older brother and I didn’t see him get emotional that day but his speech stood out to me to which he said “just because I don’t cry or express my emotions throughout today doesn’t mean I don’t care" "Words cannot express how proud I am of you and how happy you’ve made me and our family”. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Try to plan early.
Earliest things to get booked are venue decor and surprisingly makeup artist! Djs and food can be the next tier.
Keep a spreadsheet of your list of vendors and finances tips etc. you may have given. Also, have all contact details email addresses for each one!
- Try to get a wedding coordinator to help you on the day of to ensure things run smoothly if you are unable to afford a wedding planner.
- Have a few key reliable family members or friends that are not part of the immediate wedding family have an active role. In this case, I had my auntie and her cell phone given to various vendors just in case things were not working out or one of my other cousins to deal with other issues or getting family together.
- Family pics on Mandap! Be efficient, allocated groups with family name and numbers and let your MC call out each group at a time. This will just stop unnecessary crowding on the stage!
- Brides keep your jewelry Bangles shoes matched early in advance - don’t wait for the day of or a few days before. Just in case if something goes missing or misplaced take pics on your cellphone of all your outfits with matched jewelry and shoes or Polaroid pics and hand to your maid of honor or bridesmaids.
Smile, smile, and smile! Even if you realize there maybe small mess ups this level of detail only you’ll know about and not your guests so best is to not sweat about the small things, enjoy your day and smile as you won’t realize how many candid pics and shots your photographer will be taking. 
Just enjoy the day- you’ll be so surprised how months of stress and running around for 12 months will just all be over and done within the space of several hours in your events. So enjoy each moment. Enjoy the time with your family and friends as it’ll be a long time until you’re able to get everyone you love all in one place at the same time! 
 
Remember, a brand new wedding everyday! 
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Cinematography: Channa Photography | Photography: Channa Photography | DJ: M4U Events | Lighting: M4U Events | Catering: Chowpatty Catering | Vidhi & Garba Venue: Royal Albert's Palace | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency New Brunswick | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency New Brunswick | Planning & Design: ANR Events | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design by Ravi Verma | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Catering: Bukhara Grill | Mehndi Artist: Cinderella Bridez | Transportation: Moonlight Limo Rental & Car Service


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