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Ypsilanti, MI Indian Wedding by Ray Anthony Photography

Happy Tuesday, darlings! Today, we are delighted to share Ahimsa & Rishi's wedding celebration with all of you. And believe us, there is so much beauty, and flair packed into this intimate event celebrated during COVID that it seemed taken out from the pages of an Indian fairytale. Everything surrounding this celebration hosted at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest had perfection written all over the place. Utsav Planners, Inc. took care of the planning and decor, while Michael B. Anthony took care of the spectacular floral arrangements. This winning combination created the perfect setting for this life-changing event, and the final result was nothing less than exceptional! Although everything was mesmerizing, nothing compared to Ahimsa's royalty look. So big kudos to Kim Quraishi and Amanie Mokdad for the glamorous hairstyle and makeup designed for our lovely Maharani. And we cannot talk about beauty and royalty looks without mentioning the artistic Mehndi designed by Ekta Kansara. It was amazing! After the ceremony, this wedding transitioned into a reception party enlivened by DJ Ice & Fresh Productions. In between dances, emotional speeches, and the delicious treats prepared by Sweet Heather Anne, this festive night got to an end. But if you can't get enough of this lovely couple, don't miss today's jaw-dropping gallery by Ray Anthony Photography. It will make your heart melt, and you will get tons of inspiring ideas for your wedding!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Rishi pulled a fast one! He and I were slated to vacation in Thailand in mid-September. Leading up to the proposal, Rishi and our friends began dropping obvious, but ultimately untrue hints that the proposal was happening in Thailand. It did the trick because I was super confused and primed for the actual proposal. During Labor Day weekend, Rishi flew from San Francisco to DC to visit. On the proposal day, Rishi first took me for brunch to Ted’s Bulletin in Eastern Market. The spot has a special significance for us because it’s where our close, mutual friend Ronak introduced us on a snowy night over chocolate under the pretext of a low-key hangout. After brunch we headed to a health policy lecture across town near the iconic Meridian Hill Park. The talk was a ruse. Right before we got to the “talk,” Rishi made up an excuse to see a friend at the park. As soon as we arrived, and he asked me to stand near the fountain, it finally hit me that he was about to propose. As I anxiously walked to where he was, he first delivered a beautiful speech, got down on one knee, and proposed. When I called my parents to tell them the news, I suddenly saw them there, along with Rishi’s parents and Ronak all running over to congratulate us! I was in complete shock and overwhelmed by all the love. Later that night, Rishi planned a surprise dinner with our close friends and family at a restaurant in Georgetown, and we ended the night dancing near the Georgetown harbor.

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 didn’t plan one wedding, but actually three. Once COVID-19 hit, after much deliberation and carefully tracking the COVID-19 restrictions, we chose the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Eagle Crest in Michigan for our venue. The hotel had a beautiful outdoor area nestled amidst a breathtaking scene of pine trees, a golf course, and a lake where the wedding would be held. The hotel also offered a great backup option in case of inclement weather. Although autumn weather in Michigan is unpredictable, we were lucky with a gorgeous sunrise and sunny, blue skies for the entire duration of the wedding.

For our decorator and wedding planner, we chose Utsav Planners. They were our life savers and incredibly supportive as we went through the various options and the inevitable stress surrounding trying to plan a wedding in the midst of a global pandemic. Because they had experience in this realm, they were knowledgeable about precautions to take and came up with unique ideas for our décor and wedding. Their attention to detail, dedication to our wedding vision, and flawless execution the day of our wedding helped us be present to really enjoy our wedding festivities.

Rishi and I were committed to ensuring the safety of our guests during the pandemic. We requested (more like demanded!) that they and our vendors get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of attending our wedding. We emphasized physical distancing protocols throughout the wedding and ordered colorful, décor-consistent filtered masks for our guests. We were grateful for the opportunity to celebrate our love during the pandemic.

I chose a unique color scheme of green, orange, purple, and blush for the wedding because they encompassed and reflected autumn undertones and beautifully complemented the fall colors. Given our respective cultural backgrounds, I also incorporated two underlying themes of traditional South Indian and North Indian décor for the wedding luncheon. Because both of us are drawn to Indian classical music, we included music-related themes intertwined with fragrant, bright flowers for the table centerpieces. Our cake decorator (Sweet Heather Anne) designed various Indian instruments on our cake to tie the theme together. My goal for the overall wedding aesthetic was vibrant, elegant, and timeless.

I was also keen on bringing an extra personal touch to our wedding and many of our friends were able to bring their personal touch to our wedding. Prior to the wedding, my close friends and family from around the world created a compilation of bhajans (devotional songs) which we played throughout the wedding festivities. Many of my friends were able to participate in the Milni ceremony (joining of the families). My uncle and three close friends walked me down the aisle under a vibrant phoolon ki chaadar (blanket of flowers). My family friend, Supriya (www.supriyakharod.com) designed our beautiful wedding programs, which we also electronically sent to our guests who were watching our wedding live on YouTube. My childhood friend Asha (www.instaetchstudio.com) designed lovely navy wood coasters adorned with sitar, tabla, mridangam, nadaswaram and thavil engravings as wedding favors.

Our two close friends checked all our guests’ temperatures before the wedding, handled other wedding logistics, and helped to prevent any technical glitches for our family and friends watching our wedding virtually. Our close friends played classical music throughout the entire wedding to help set the mood and tone of the wedding. Our family friends also helped immensely by organizing the priest’s items for the mandap (altar) and gauri puja (prayer to Goddess Parvati), and taking care of some wedding logistics. My friends and family brilliantly collaborated together to successfully steal Rishi’s shoes (#operationhappyfeet). And last but not least, our family and friends collaborated to bring us personalized wedding messages and dances that we watched as a virtual celebration in the evening.

Our caterer Suvai delivered traditional and mouth-watering South Indian breakfasts on the morning of the wedding while restaurant Rangoli created a beautiful array of North Indian appetizers and entrees for our wedding luncheon.

Because we were unable to go shopping in India for our wedding attire, I selected a traditional two-tone kanchivaram sari from Hyderabad after countless Whatsapp calls and pictures. Rishi also purchased his gold sherwani (suit) with a purple pagri (turban) and dupatta (stole) from Bangalore and Delhi. For my mehendi (henna) event, I selected a vibrant-colored lehenga from a store in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to have the best of the makeup, hair, mehendi, and sari tying artists in the Detroit metro area. Amanie Mokdad did the bridal party’s makeup, Kim Quraishi did the bridal party’s hair, and Ekta Shah Kansara did my mehendi and tied saris for the bridal party. DJ Ice and Fresh was our DJ, who absolutely rocked Rishi’s baraat and our wedding. Ray Anthony was our photographer, and District Media was our videographer. Michael B. Anthony and Aishwarya Flowers were our florists, and we got our cake from Sweet Heather Anne.

We planned our wedding across the country living in California under COVID-19 restrictions, and it was an intense wedding planning process. Our parents’ endless support and involvement combined with Rishi and my dad’s strong negotiation skills helped us execute the wedding plan. I learned a lot more than I ever needed to know about contracts, how to search for the right vendors based on our vision for the wedding, and planning sufficient numbers of backup options. It really helped that all of our vendors were talented, incredible to work with, supportive, and made our wedding planning process smooth.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I enjoyed planning the wedding with Rishi and I think we got a chance to better understand each other through this process and grow even stronger together as a couple. The profound love, guidance, and encouragement we received from our family and friends, from making the decision to get married in October, to being on call and helping us with every small wedding detail, made the experience much more enjoyable and easier to surpass.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The best compliments we got after the wedding were about the ambiance, sophisticated décor and delicious food. But I think what blew everyone away the most is that we ran the entire program on time…perhaps a first for an Indian wedding!

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.
We hosted a 20-25-person nalangu and mehendi ceremony the Thursday before the wedding in my backyard. We used fresh marigolds, mango leaves, banana trees, and rangoli as traditional décor for the nalangu on our patio in the morning. The mehendi color scheme was orange, green, yellow, and red to create a colorful and fun ambiance. We used a vibrant backdrop with multi-colored pillows, urlis, and umbrellas as décor. The mehendi was in a tent with outdoor seating in the vicinity. Krishna Catering & Restaurant catered our lunch and Suvai catered our dinner which included different types of chaat and various types of dosa with all the condiments, and dessert. Ekta Kansara did my beautifully designed mehendi and hair and Amanie was my fabulous makeup artist. It was an exciting kickoff to the wedding festivities!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don’t fight what’s beyond your control. Know that you did everything you could for your wedding and surrender the rest. Remember to enjoy the festivities and be present for the entire wedding celebration.

Planning a wedding during a pandemic can be difficult and frustrating, but know that virtually all couples face the same set of challenges. Do not hesitate to reach out for help. Having friends and family as a support system is also incredibly helpful to help you stay sane during the wedding process and wedding. Oh, and make sure you actually eat on your wedding day!

We are preparing something special for you, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

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Planning & Design: Utsav Planners,Inc. | Planning & Design: Utsav Planners,Inc. | DJ: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Venues: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest | Florist: Michael B. Anthony | Garland & Hair Flowers: Aiswarya Flowers | Welcome Sign & Wedding Party Favor Coasters: InstaEtch Studio | Priest: Shastriji Giriswami | Hair: Kim Quraishi | Makeup: Amanie Mokdad | Catering (Mehendi): Taste of India Suvai | Catering (Wedding): Rangoli Indian Cuisine | Cake & Treats: Sweet Heather Anne | Cinematography: Media District | Draping/Styling: Ekta Kansara | Mehndi Artist: Ekta Kansara | Wedding Programs: Supriya Kharod | Wedding Favors (Chocolates): Corden Chocolates | Photography: Ray Anthony Photography


Hicksville, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Never There Yet Photography

Good morning, Ladies! We are here to give you the daily shoot of inspiration by taking you on a visual journey through Ishan & Sunny's big wedding festivities. For this first installment, we will unveil the beauty surrounding these lovebirds' sangeet celebration. This time we will take you to the grand Antun's by Minar, the ideal venue chosen by our lovebirds to celebrate before the big day. This place was perfectly decored by the talented crew from Florista Decor, who took the beauty of this venue to a higher level, designing an Evergreen theme celebration that everyone enjoyed. Our lovely duo entered the hall dancing nonstop, wearing an elegant and traditional attire designed by Pashmina, and let me tell you that everyone loved them, especially how Ishan stole the night with her royalty presence. Oh boy! The hairstyle and makeup design that Beauty by Tamanna created for her gave her a ravishing look that left everyone speechless. Something to remark is the excellent environment that everyone felt during the Sangeet. DJ USA turned the party on with their phenomenal beats making everyone dance during the whole night. If you want to relive this magical moment, make sure to visit today's gallery presented thanks to Never There Yet Photography, who captured fabulous shots to immortalize this Sangeet! And we are sure it will take your breath away!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Sunny and I had known each other for over a decade by the time we actually met. We were friends on social media for years but never met. We would send each other messages on Facebook and subtly flirt, but it never went anywhere. The number of mutual friends between us grew yet timing was never quite there yet. After a string of many failed relationships on both our parts, the stars aligned. I Direct Messaged Sunny on Instagram after he posted a song by Zayn Malik on his story (so original right?) and he replied back instantly. We eventually made plans to grab drinks. The first moment I laid eyes on this elusive man, I felt a surge of emotions I've never experienced ever before. We both gravitated towards one another and played a game of pool (he lost!) that night. The rest of the night was spent laughing uncontrollably and jamming out to 90's R&B while stealing glances secretly. We both went home that night knowing this was special, and from that night onward we were inseparable!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The way Sunny proposed to me was nothing short of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Valentine’s Day  was approaching and Sunny had asked me to take the day off from work. I obliged with excitement and started shopping for a nice dress. The morning came and Sunny was at my doorstep by noon with a bouquet of roses. He asked me to fix his collar and looked dapper than usual. We got in his car and he pulls out a scarf and put it over my eyes as a blindfold. As the anticipation built up, I asked him several times where we are going and if the blindfold was necessary. He stayed quiet and held my hand. As we exited the car, my blindfold was still on but he led my down a busy street full of bustling cars and fast walking pedestrians. We made our way up a flight of stairs and walked further and further than I’ve ever walked it seemed. He opened the blindfold and got on his knees. We were in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge, surrounded by ecstatic strangers and a photographer. In front of what felt like the entire world, Sunny asked me to marry him and of course I said YES!

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 dove right into planning. He proposed in February and we got married in October, we had about 8 months and we utilized it to the max. My overall experience with vendors were good! Wedding planning is always filled with a few hiccups but that goes without saying, ultimately we had the time of our lives on our big night.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always knew I wanted to wear the traditional red bridal outfit. Being a Bengali marrying a Punjabi, I wanted to make sure I incorporated hints on my heritage in my outfit. The Bangladeshi flag has red and green, and I decided to do an all red/gold lehenga with my green jewelry to represent my culture.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process would have to be just going to check out venues, cake/food tasting, and generally being treated like royalty. My husband loved every second of it, until it came time to pay!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I would say our guests loved the love between Sunny and I. I think it was evident how in love and happy we are. We were smiling ear to ear and just dancing and laughing. A big shout out to our siblings, cousins and close friends for making us both feel so special and loved throughout it all.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our most special and favorite moment was when we made our entrance as Mr. & Mrs. at the reception. We came out to French Montana's "Unforgettable" and we were thinking of just walking out and waiving. However, when the time came - we just came through those doors dancing nonstop with our dhol guy. We totally didn't stick to the plan but it work out even better!

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
The Sangeet was an "Evergreen" theme, both Sunny and I wore green and our decor was festive and colorful. This was one of our favorite night and we both performed a medley of songs for one another while our family members and friends put on an entire show.

The Reception was themed after a Gatsby style black tie affair. I was dressed in gold from head to do and Sunny was in a dapper white/black tuxedo. We wanted that night to be all about dancing/drinks/food and celebrating love!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be would be: Keep your vision clear, and stay headstrong. There will be moments you feel overwhelmed and surrounded by family members and their expectations. Make sure you and your partner are ONE and on the same team at all times. Also, take one day out of the week to not discuss anything wedding related, and go on date night and reconnect with one another!


Stay tune for the marvelous outcome of this love story!

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Venues: Crest Hollow Country Club | Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | Cinematography: byDesign Films | Sangeet Venue: Antun's by Minar | Ceremony Venue: Antun's by Minar | Planning & Design: Events by Khadejah | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Tamanna | Catering: Benares Restaurant & Catering | DJ: DJ USA | Favors: DJ USA | Baraat: Master of Beats | Bridal Fashions (Sangeet Outfit Bride & Groom): Pashmina | Bridal Fashions (Wedding Outfit Bride & Groom): Bombay Bridal | Bridal Fashions (Reception Outfit Bride): Custumise | Bridal Fashions (Reception Outfit Groom): Giorgenti | Bridal Jewelry: Kirnidesigns NY | Cake & Treats: Dortoni Bakery | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Beauty by Tamanna | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Seven Colours Card | Mehndi Artist: Henna For All | Photo Booth: DJ USA | Transportation: ASM Agile MotorSports | Tuxedos: Giorgenti | Photography: Never There Yet Photography


Los Angeles, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by M. Hart Photography

Welcome back, Maharanis! We are glad you could join us today at Evie & Neel's wedding reception. As promised in our previous episode, we have all of the details from this magical event. So let's go back to the grand The Ebell of Los Angeles, and let's enjoy the phenomenal shots captured by the talented crew from M. Hart Photography, who immortalized every intimate and emotive moment of this gala. Speaking of talent, you will love how the room was decorated. The Poppy Studio's team was the mastermind behind the well-crafted centerpieces and mixed flower arrangements that filled every corner of the hall. Just fabulous! Now, take a peek at Evie's look! She burst into the room, wearing a trendy and glamorous lengha after being dolled up by Blushington. And she mesmerized and bewitched everyone with so much beauty reflected on her fantastic look! Everyone enjoyed the delicious food, the chatting, and of course, the phenomenal beats from Riamu Entertainment, who made sure to light up the party with well-selected music, turning this gala into an epic celebration. No wonder why everyone had a blast! You're welcome to relive this closing event in today's gallery!

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Inspiration is something that is needed on every dreamed wedding. We asure you that we will increase yours. So visit us tomorrow for more!

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DJ: Riamu Entertainment | Planning & Design: The Marigold Company | Baraat: Enchanted Carriages | Ceremony Venue: The Ebell of Los Angeles | Reception Venue: The Ebell of Los Angeles | Floral & Decor: The Poppy Studio | Hair & Makeup: Blushington | Catering: The Ebell of Los Angeles | Cake & Treats (Dessert): Butter End | Cinematography: Shark Pig | Photographer Company Name: M. Hart Photography


Charlotte, NC Indian Wedding by Vesic Photography

The heartfelt ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte was definitely something for the books! After such a grand gala, it was time to celebrate with the guests, the beginning of Nandita & Abhinav's new chapter together. For a task of that magnitude, the pros were needed to make sure everything looked and felt heavenly. Guess who was in charge of the floral and decor design of the bash? You got it, Carolina Wedding Belle of course! You know everything will be beaming if she is involved, and that was precisely the case with this wedding! Kudos to her! Who also did an amazing job storing all the images for our inspiration and sighing was the team from Vesic Photography! The masters of light, as they call them, truly showed why they are the go-to photographers in North Carolina! Talent at its finest! So, dolls, time to check the second installment of this beautiful gallery coming from Charlotte! Don't miss it!

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Amazing wasn't it? Don't go anywhere, more to come!

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Photography: Vesic Photography | Floral & Decor: Carolina Wedding Belle | Ceremony Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte | Planning & Desing: Sangeeta Yadav | Hair & Makeup: Belladev Studio Hair and Makeup Artistry | DJ: Dj Pawan Entertainment & Events | Cinematography: Shamus Films


Charlotte, NC Indian Wedding by Vesic Photography

Welcome back to your Indian wedding inspiration page, ladies! It is Monday and to kick start the week with all the glam in the world, we have an extremely elegant flair coming from Charlotte. Our couple of the day? Nandita & Abhinav. These two lovebirds decided to celebrate the most important day of their lives with all the grandiosity and sophistication that we all love, and of course, Vesic Photography was there to capture it. We are so adoring the color palette chosen as well. The wintery tones totally suited this flair! So on point! The ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte was this ode to style and color that we know you are going to be loving as much as we are. So, dolls, want to experience one more time what being a real Maharani feels like? Then head down to our gallery of today and see it for yourself.

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Part two coming in no time! Stick around!

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Photography: Vesic Photography | Floral & Decor: Carolina Wedding Belle | Ceremony Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte | Planning & Desing: Sangeeta Yadav | Hair & Makeup: Belladev Studio Hair and Makeup Artistry | DJ: Dj Pawan Entertainment & Events | Cinematography: Shamus Films


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