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King of Prussia, PA Indian Wedding by Studio KSD

Good Morning, Maharanis! It is a pleasure to bring you an insight into the wedding celebration of Hiral & Abhishek. This is an event that you are going to love! To start, we wanted to make you feel part of the fun-loving and emotional photoshoot held at the imposing Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel. We are blown away by the decoration and the colors that Xquisit Events planned and designed for this event, and how well they complement each other to create a captivating, romantic, and fun atmosphere. Also, the art of Henna by Tanvi made Hiral look unique, with such a beautiful job. Our beautiful Maharani wore an elegant and stylish embroidered outfit with pink accents that matched perfectly with the fantastic makeup and hairstyle by Joseph A. Anthony, and she was rocking. The reception party was not the exception! Every guest was dancing and sharing happiness with the new spouses. And thanks to the excellent job of Studio KSD, we can enjoy every detail of this incredible ceremony.  So, get ready to be amazed by this lovely wedding and enjoy the gallery we've prepared.

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Planning & Design: Xquisit Events | Mehndi Artists: Henna by Tanvi | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Photography: Studio KSD | Ceremony Venue: Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel | Reception Venue: Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Hair & Makeup: Joseph A. Anthony | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: DJ Ravi Jackson | Bridal Fashions: Pernia's Pop-up Shop


Woodland Park, NJ Fusion Wedding by PTaufiq Photography

Happy Thursday, darlings! Indian fusion weddings have something special that always makes our hearts melt with tenderness and joy, and Seema & Alex's wedding is no exception. Get ready to have a blast because today's fusion wedding packs all the things you love and so much more! We're starting this journey by joining this couple at The One & Only Westmount Country Club, where the ceremony and reception took place. L&B Events conceptualized this event to perfection, while All event Decorators by Jyoti enhanced the experience with heavenly decor. This winning combo created a soothing environment for Seema & Alex to tie the knot. Our lovely couple looked ravishing together, but it was our beautiful Maharani who stole the show! She said, "I do," looking like a princess after being glamorized by 217 Beauty. We love every bit of her traditional and glamorous look! For more amazing shots of this event, head over to our full gallery. We've compiled the best photos captured by PTaufiq Photography for your enjoyment, and sure you are going to love them!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Even though we found out later we were from the same hometown and had actually attended high school together for 2 years, we met when I was in medical school and he was working for the university I was attending.
I think I knew he was the one when I had to take my medical board exam and a few days before, we had just gotten into a huge fight. Despite not speaking for that time, the day before my exam, he showed up at my place with a packed lunch for me to take to my exam and a plan to take me out so I could relax the evening before. When I realized that no matter what was going on, he could be there for me with exactly what I needed when I needed it most, I had no question he was the one for me.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had a plan to go to Napa Valley, California to celebrate his 30th birthday. We were meeting a few of our friends out there and had a plan to meet at a winery. While we were there for what I thought was his 30th birthday celebration, he pulled me aside saying he needed to "talk" to me about something serious. He took me to this terrace that overlooked the vineyard and instead of having that serious talk, I found myself on the receiving end of a beautiful proposal! After he popped the question, all of our friends, (including my brother and sister-in-law who had surprised me) came running out and celebrated with us!
I had always said I wanted a romantic private proposal but I also wanted our close family and friends to be there so he made the two work flawlessly together!
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.
My now husband and I are of two different religions so I knew we were going to have two ceremonies as that was important to both of us as well as our families. We wanted to do all the main wedding events within a day and even though we knew it was going to be tight, I did not want to extend it past that. Luckily, we are both from the same hometown so the location was pretty easy and after looking at venues in the area, we settled on Westmount Country Club.
Regarding decor, outfits, and hair and makeup, I am not a girly girl and I am relatively simple so what I kept saying to all the vendors, is "simple but elegant!" That was the case with hair and makeup as well as outfits. I love the way royal blue looks on our Indian skin so the color was chosen quickly and we just worked around that.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
So I had a wedding sari, a wedding dress, as well as my reception lehnga. Honestly speaking, my mom picked out my wedding sari and reception lehnga in India because I was unable to go due to COVID, but I was involved via Facetime and made the ultimate decisions. I did not have any restrictions about color, I was open to anything! My mom has always had great taste and she narrowed it down to awesome choices and I could not have been happier with the outfits. My wedding dress I picked out at a local bridal boutique with the help of a few friends! It was great to have the experience of getting both Indian as well as American outfits! It was the best of both worlds.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Though the planning process was mostly stressful, I think I enjoyed working with our coordinators at L&B Events! Lisa, Betsy, and the team were amazing in taking our ideas (no matter how ridiculous they were!) and making them possible! It was great to see that come to life! Oh, and the cake tasting! That was very yummmm. Haha
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We were told multiple times and by multiple people that it was evident that our wedding was planned not only for what was convenient to us but also for our guests. Even though our day was long, people enjoyed it because it was planned with them in mind. Also, we got MANY compliments on the food and DJ!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I think when we did our first look at our reception hall before the guests entered. For me, that was when it all hit me that this was our wedding reception and that all those guests in the neighboring room at cocktail hour were here for us, to celebrate our love. It truly made me feel special in a way I never thought possible. It was a moment I will never forget.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The biggest piece of advice I have given to brides planning their weddings since I went through the process is yes it is a big day and yes you want it to be perfect, but just remember why you are doing it. Remember to take moments through the planning process to be with your person and enjoy your relationship outside of talking about wedding planning. I think it was so easy to get lost in all the details and specifics but the important thing is what comes after the wedding day, the marriage.

And that's a wrap for today, my lovely dears. I'll hope to see you again for the next grand romance!

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Photography: PTaufiq Photography | Planning & Design: L&B Events | Ceremony Venue: The One & Only Westmount Country Club | Reception Venue: The One & Only Westmount Country Club | Floral & Decor: All event Decorators by Jyoti | Hair & Makeup: 217 Beauty | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ: DJ Suhel | Bridal Fashions: Maggie Sottero | Bridal Fashions: Bridal Garden | Photo Booth: Saucy Events | Photo Booth: Raina Abraham


Playa del Carmen, MX Muslim Wedding by Pixan Photography

Happy Tuesday, my beloved Maharanis! Today is a special day to say "I do" to a Destination Wedding, Aleeza & Shane's. Fairmont Mayakoba, Mexico, was the perfect venue to host this magnificent event. Their wedding specialists have been helping couples turn their wedding dreams into reality for a long time now. Maharanis, every detail went beyond perfection thanks to the planning Canteiro Weddings did. They also made sure to put together the perfect flowery décor to combine with the ocean view. Can you imagine how perfect it was? Maharanis, let me tell you, these two lovebirds are the perfect duet, and to celebrate their love, the two families became one. This day was full of precious moments, happiness, and cultural heritage. There is nothing better than beginning life as a married couple with the person you love the most, and this was the case of Aleeza & Shane. From a lovely Welcome Event to a superb and colorful Mehndi by Loto Mehndi. Then, our couple hosted a very touching Shaadi/Walima, where every guest was treated with joy. The newlyweds called the best Bollywood Performers in Mexico, Drums in Paradise, to ensure the joyful moments were present during the entire wedding events. These artists did a very energetic and spectacular drum and acrobatic show. Everyone was amazed by their performance! Our lovely couple was all about pampering their guests. That is why a fantastic photo booth by Pyrotech and the musical talent of Musi-K Entertainment was the way to go! Special Occasions DJ & Lighting was also part of the event, and they knew how to make everyone dance! It was spectacular, my dears. It is time to mention how beautiful and elegant our Majarani looked. Thanks to Styling Trio's incredible makeup and hairstyle, an exclusive bridal dress designed by Manish Malhotra, and the stunning jewelry by Reveti, our lovely Aleeza looked like the Goddess she is. Every time Shane looked at her, he knew he had made the best decision of his life! Pixan Photography captured every moment in a beautiful film and a fantastic set of photographs compiled in a jaw-dropping gallery. Go check it out and fall in love! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Shane and I were both very reluctant to meet each other! I had just moved to Philadelphia to start my MBA at Wharton and he was incredibly busy as a third-year dental student at Temple University. An aunty, however, had other plans for us. While Shane and I hadn’t met before, this aunty knew both of our parents and shared with them that we should meet given that we both would be in the same city. Our parents were quite persuasive as you can imagine - they kept telling us, “what’s the harm? Worst case scenario, you have a new friend!” While there was plenty of eye rolling and resistance (Shane and I both felt we didn’t need any help from our parents in the dating department), we both acquiesced and met up for dinner. Although we both enjoyed getting to know each other, our student lives took over and we lost touch for a couple of months. At the beginning of the new year, I had this feeling that I needed to get to know him better - I felt it in my bones - we needed to meet again. Of course, as we started to reconnect, Covid hit, but it’s also how I knew Shane was the “one.”

At the beginning of March, before we truly knew what Covid was and what our world would look like during a pandemic, I had returned from a trip with classmates in Europe and fell ill. Despite Shane and I still getting to know each other, he showed up to my door with a care package of soup, granola bars, and gatorade. His dental school had just announced that it was indefinitely shutting down and I was unsure whether Wharton classes would continue for the semester. Shane told me, “I had to see you before I left for Chicago.” In that moment, when I felt my worst, I was struck by how genuine he was - with a simple gesture, you showed me exactly who you were. Just by seeing you, even for five minutes, I felt infinitely better. Maybe it was that glint in your eye or your mischievous smile, but in that moment, I knew it would be impossible to live without you.

Shane moved back to Chicago and I moved back home to Baltimore when both of our schools shut down. The rest of our relationship was virtual - we would FaceTime and Zoom for hours - sometimes 9 hours at a time. We truly got to know each other without any distractions. You know how people say, “When you know, you know?” I always thought that was a myth, but now that I’ve lived it, I know it’s the greatest blessing in the world.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal was a complete surprise! Shane told me that we had to go to Chicago for his friend’s birthday - I didn’t suspect much because his group of friends is really close, and I felt that it wasn’t the craziest thing in the world that everyone was gathering together to meet in the same city. On our way to the airport, I noticed that Shane was unusually quiet - he said that he had a stomach ache. I didn’t suspect anything. When we arrived at his home, we were greeted by his maternal grandparents (who flew in from Connecticut) and his uncle, aunt, and cousin who drove in from Michigan - along with his immediate family of course. Again, I should’ve noticed that his mom’s side of the family were all in town in the middle of a pandemic! I just thought “Hm they’re all so close, they’re probably just visiting!” At one point after dinner, his grandmother even told me, “I’m looking forward to meeting your parents,” and I thought she just misspoke, meaning meeting them at some point in the future.

The next morning, I got ready for the birthday and helped myself to some breakfast. This time, I noticed that Shane’s dad was nervous - he kept offering my snacks, tea, and at one point - even a block of cheese. While I was waiting for Shane to get ready, I looked down at my nails and noticed that they weren’t painted - I decided to paint them. This is when Shane’s dad got really nervous - I had no idea at the time, but this is when he thought that I had figured out the whole plan for the proposal. Shane then came down looking incredibly dapper - we then proceeded to leave for Chicago.

As we got closer to the city, Shane told me that we needed to pick up his friend before the brunch. When we got to his friend’s place, he said his friend wasn’t ready yet, so suggested that we walk around the park, close to the Lake Michigan waterfront. As we started walking, Shane was texting the whole time! I started to get annoyed - it was a little chilly, I had to use the bathroom, and Shane wasn’t even talking to me. Again, little did I know that Shane was coordinating with his friend to take pictures of us for the big moment. We reach the water’s edge, and Shane starts pointing out random things to me - there’s a boat, some buildings, a couple of ducks...all the while, Shane’s positioning me to take pics. Then, all of a sudden, he ripped off his face mask and exclaimed, “We’re not here for Nik’s birthday! We’re here because I want to be in my favorite place in the whole world with my favorite person in the whole world.” Then he went into the proposal - I completely blacked out - I have no idea what he said. All I remember is holding his hands and waiting for him to finish talking so I could say yes!

The surprise proposal was just the beginning - Shane had scheduled a full day of surprises! We then went to his uncle’s condo where his siblings and his friends were waiting for us. After we greeted our friends, Shane surprised me with my sister and her fiance who flew in from Boston! While I was so excited to see my sister, I was a little disappointed that my parents weren’t in town too. After exploring the rooftop and taking pictures, Shane told me I had to go get ready for the next surprise. Shane had scheduled a hair appointment for me (it was his mom’s idea!). I asked him why - he said I needed to wait to see.

After getting my hair blown out, we went back to his parent’s place where all of his family and close family friends were waiting for us. He had planned a surprise engagement party for us! As soon as I walked through the doors - I saw my parents! They had been keeping the proposal a secret from me for months - they were in town all along - we all started to tear up. We had a blast for the rest of the night, dancing the night away and enjoying the time with our friends and family. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect proposal - it was so thoughtful, involving our friends and family, and somehow, was kept a 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.
We got engaged in April 2021 and we decided that we wanted to get married before the end of the year because we were both finishing up school and needed a weekend that could work for our families - my sister is getting married in June 2022, so we had to be cognizant of visa constraints and travel for our family living abroad. I had gone to Mayakoba with Shane’s family in January and we had fallen in love with the area - it’s romantic and the perfect balance between the jungle and beach. We just felt that it would be a complete escape for our family friends. I had always wanted to do a destination wedding, but we wanted it to be easy for our friends (i.e. direct flights, less than three hours of travel), and affordable for varying budgets. The Fairmont Mayakoba was our dream venue - with both hotel rooms and suites, the hotel could accommodate a wedding of our size (over 400 people) while providing different options for our guests. We also wanted different locations for all three of our events and the Fairmont had extensive experience doing events at their pool area, the beach, and the Isla Lawn. The Fairmont was everything we had dreamed of and more - when we came for our venue visit, they pulled out all the stops - we had the most beautiful food tasting and Patty, the wedding coordinator, made us feel like we were part of the Fairmont family. Anything we asked for, they said they could do! I’m forever grateful to Patty and the entire Fairmont staff for their hard work and amazing attitudes before, during, and after the wedding. Shout out to Rodrigo who took care of all of us during the wedding!

After reserving the venue, I discovered both our wedding planner and DJ on instagram. I wanted a local planner who really understood Mexican culture and was familiar with vendors in Mayakoba. We went with Canteiro Weddings, founded by Gabi Lavor. In addition to wedding planning, her company also does decor, florals, and rentals - with such a large, destination wedding, it was important to us to work with someone who we could trust and could negotiate on our behalf. Gabi’s designs are fresh, modern, and playful - her creativity and eye for beauty in combination with the rest of her team (Ilse and Fabi), made for the perfect match. She understood our vision immediately - we wanted our Meet & Greet to be a fiesta, our Mehndi to be a massive beach party, the vow ceremony to be romantic and peaceful, and the Reception to feel like a magical, secret garden with tropical flair. From lighting, florals, fireworks, TWO horses, lounge areas, and the dance floors - Canteiro Weddings knocked it out of the park!

In addition to the planning and decor, our next priority was the DJ. We knew that 70% of a great wedding is the music, especially given that our families love to dance. After conducting due diligence, we were lucky enough to have Special Occasions provide us with an emcee, DJ, and a dhol player. Ajay, the founder of Special Occasions, flew out from California specifically for our wedding and it wouldn’t have been the same without him - our guests couldn’t stop raving about him. He managed to get everyone on the dance floor while making sure that we stuck to our tight schedule. We decided to have an emcee in addition to a DJ because of the large group of people and the logistics around our multiple events, which I highly recommend (instead of having a random cousin emcee!). If there’s a couple of words of advice that I could give to any future brides: do not skimp on music and Ajay is the best!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Having grown up in the US with roots in Pakistan and India, I took a hybrid approach to my outfit selection. For the Meet & Greet, I was inspired by Mexican culture and decided to wear a floor-length black gown with colorful, floral embroidery, paired with an Indian jewelry set. For the Mehndi, we really leaned into our desi culture - we wanted to remind people of how beautiful our culture is. Given that we were going for a more traditional feel on the beach, I went with a colorful and geometric-inspired lehenga by Sabyasachi. I was drawn to the traditional silhouette but more modern design and colors. For the reception, while I wanted to wear a South Asian outfit, I was looking for something with Western-style embroidery and a non-traditional color. I fell in love with Manish Malhotra’s Kashmiri collection - with delicate, white embroidery and pastel colors, his outfit was exactly what I was looking for. Lastly, I changed into another dress halfway through the reception - for this dress, I wanted to look glamorous, but still be able to dance. I found a beautiful, embroidered gold dress by Jovani, which was a fun contrast to my earlier reception outfit. All of my jewelry was from a close family friend and renowned international designer, Reveti Jewelers.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Shane and I aren’t the most typical couple and our main goal was to make sure our guests had the best weekend of their lives - we wanted everyone to have fun! From the welcome bags (full of candy, Mexican snacks, and other goodies), to our churro cart on the beach, we wanted to create a lot of “moments” for guests to enjoy. Shane and I were truly raised by our villages in Chicago and Baltimore - many of our parents’ friends are like family to us and we wanted them to feel included in all of our events. We are so grateful that they came all the way to Mexico to celebrate with us and it was important to make sure they felt welcomed. Our guests also commented that it felt like Shane and I were already one family - our parents, siblings, and extended family got along so well. In fact, our families had co-planned the entire wedding for months - and people could feel that we were ONE family, which I’m so grateful for. There wasn’t a bride’s side or a groom’s side (except for the dance battle at the mehndi!) - we wanted it to feel like we were all in it together.

One of the ways we did this was by having a vow ceremony - Muslim weddings never have a vow ceremony but we wanted to do things our own way. Shane and I exchanged vows to publicly share our commitment to each other but to also have our guests learn more about our love story. We also asked dear family members to speak and share advice as we embarked on our new chapter as a married couple. For our friends, they got to know our families better and for our families, they were included in our wedding in a novel way.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It’s hard to choose one moment, but there’s one spontaneous thing we did that I will cherish forever. While we were lucky with the weather for most of our events, we experienced torrential downpour at the end of our Meet & Greet event, which we hosted outside at the infinity pool. Frankly, the timing was perfect - just as the event was ending, it started to pour. Our guests started to race for cover under the poolside restaurant. Shane, some friends, and I decided to stay outside in the rain - we just burst out laughing and started to dance. Joe, one of Shane’s family friends, had a brilliant idea - he suggested that we all jump in the pool. Without a second thought, in all of our formal clothes, we stood at the end of the pool and got ready to jump. Our dry guests, at the restaurant, saw what was happening and started to count us down - we all jumped in! Before we knew it, we had 50 other people in the pool with us. Shane even managed to convince our dads to jump in too!

I love the moment because it’s 100% something that Shane and I would do - and it was even better than our friends and family were there with us. It was also a reminder that even with something as “serious” as a wedding, the best moments are the spontaneous ones where you just let your hair down and live in the moment.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I would like to thank my mom and Reem aunty (Shane’s mom) for planning the wedding. They put in months of work to make sure everything was perfect - none of this would’ve been possible without them. They’re the best mothers and have spent more hours on Zoom doing wedding planning than I would ever have had the patience for! I also want to thank our siblings for all of their support during the wedding - Shamil, Samah, Amna, and Will - you are the MVPs and unsung heroes! Thank you to my dad and Sohail uncle (Shane’s dad) for their humor and unique ideas throughout the planning process (and of course their endless love and support). And lastly, thank you to all of our friends and guests who showed up ready to have a GREAT time and made our wedding so special.

My beloved Maharanis, come back tomorrow for more love stories, emotions, and great moments.

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Photography: Pixan Photography | Cinematography: Pixan Photography | Venue: Fairmont Mayakoba | Planning & Design: Canteiro Weddings | Floral & Decor: Canteiro Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | Catering: Fairmont Mayakoba | DJ: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Baraat: Drums in Paradise | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Drums in Paradise | Bridal Fashions: Manish Malhotra | Bridal Jewelry: Reveti | Cake & Treats: Fairmont Mayakoba | Fireworks: Pyrotech | Live Music: Musi-K Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndi | Photo Booth: Pyrotech


Parsippany, NJ Indian Wedding by Raj Photo Video

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! We're delighted to share Amulya & Aravind's wedding with you, not only because it's impressive but because it showcases a dream team of vendors from the northeast area. So if you're a northeastern belle planning your perfect day, you need to take note of this incredible Indian wedding planned and designed by Karma Events. So let's not wait any longer and get ready to dive into this real-life fairytale thanks to the spectacular work of Raj Photo Video, who snapped shots from every angle to portray the beauty of this event. Amulya called Looks by Jassi to take care of her beauty needs to achieve the ultimate bridal look. But that is not all! She also called the talented henna artist, Henna by Jinal, who created a gorgeous design that took our breath away. The final result was beauty and radiance at their best! The entire decor of this wedding bash celebrated at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel was in charge of Abhishek Decorators, and oh boy, it was to die for! This highly talented team delivered nothing but perfection in the form of soft-colored floral arrangements, which mirrored the beauty of our lovely couple. The whole scene was picture perfect and faithful to traditional Indian weddings! If you can't get enough of this gorgeous couple, head into this full gallery for more details. Every shot is even more captivating and impressive than the previous one, and we are sure you'll love them! So wait no more and get ready to have a great time!

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We hope you can join us tomorrow for a new love story!

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Draping/Styling: Looks by Jassi | Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Planning & Design: Karma Events | Ceremony Venue: Sheraton Parsippany Hotel | Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | Catering: Dakshin Express | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Palermo’s Bakery | Cinematography: Raj Photo Video | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Jinal | Barat Horse: Tony | Barat & Wedding Live Stream: Universal Photography | Photography: Raj Photo Video


Woodland Park, NJ Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Happy Tuesday, beautiful Maharani! If you were looking for inspiration, you've come to the right place! Rohini & Vatsal's big wedding festivities, orchestrated by Detailed Affairs Team, packs all the things we love and so much more. So get ready to enjoy it! Guests were invited to the festivities with beautiful formal wedding invitations thanks to The Royal Collection. It all started with a colorful and fun-loving Sangeet at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, where everyone had a great time. Hands down, it was the perfect preamble to set the mood for the gorgeous wedding ceremony that united these two lovebirds in marriage. And we have to say that we adored every single moment of the charming and solemn ceremony officiated at The One and Only Westmount Country Club. As you scroll down through this feature, you'll be amazed by the spectacular shots captured by Lightyear Studio, who immortalize every moment of this long-awaited event. The soft-colored hues on the mandap, the elegant attires, and the love these two radiated were all a winning combination that created magical scenes that we cannot stop seeing. Rohini looked ravishing on her red lengha, very well complemented with the Mehndi art by Mehndikalogie. But she was not the only one looking elegant and fashionably! Vatsal also embraced a traditional style with an elegant Sherwani that made his inner Raja come out! After the ceremony, there was a glamorous reception enlivened by M4U Events, whose endless repertoire put everyone on their feet! The only time the dancing stopped was to enjoy the sweet and delicious cake baked by Baonanas. If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, don't miss the gallery we have prepared for you today. It packs tons of beauty and glamour that it wouldn't be a bad idea to have your pen and notebook handy to take some notes!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We first met through a set up by my sister and her friend from high school, who happened to be my now-husband's employee. They thought we would be a perfect match, and they were right! Our first date (despite several last-minute cancellations on my part) was at a speakeasy in NYC. It felt like we knew each other forever. I appreciated his corny jokes and he appreciated my sass. I don't think there was ever a moment I knew Vatsal was the one - our entire relationship felt so natural and just felt like we were always meant to be together.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were in Morocco on a ten-day vacation. Our final stop in Morocco was the Sahara Desert. Little did I know, but Vatsal had initially made several plans including a beautiful layout and a private photographer, which were all thwarted by last-minute cancellations by the local vendors. This did not stop him, however, and the morning after our stay in the desert, he asked a local man to take our photo on his iPhone at sunrise. As the sun rose over the sand dunes, he got down on one knee, and the proposal was absolutely perfect!

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 began planning soon after our engagement and our first stop was to find the venue. The minute we set foot into Westmount Country Club, we fell in love. We felt so at home there, and could picture our wedding there. Bobby from Westmount was with us every step of the way, and even through the pandemic, was able to ease our worries. Everything fell into place after that. The rest of our vendors were chosen similarly, with intuition, and we usually went with our gut reactions. We chose vendors that we felt we meshed well with, and the vendors almost felt like friends (and really were at the end of this process!). Nate and Thanh from Lightyear studios made us feel so comfortable and are true artists - we both feel awkward in front of the camera but we knew Nate and Thanh would put us at ease! They were truly amazing, and their work speaks for itself. Pauline from Flawless by Pauline did my hair and makeup, and was able to help me achieve the clean, light on makeup look that I desired. Dhara from Mehndikalogie did an amazing job with my intricate mehndi. Matt from MDL events made beautiful floral arrangements. DJ Vik and the rest of the M4U events team produced a banging party. And finally, our day-of coordinators led by Arun from Detailed Affairs made our wedding day seamless. Despite being only a day-of coordinator, Arun was with us throughout the month leading up to our wedding, calming our nerves. All our vendors were truly outstanding, and helped us to have a perfect wedding day.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I really wanted a red lehenga, but one with pink accents to make it a little different than the typical wedding lehenga. Because of my work schedule in residency, I was unable to go to India to get my outfits, but my amazing sister looked for me (when she was conveniently getting her own!). Through 2am facetimes, I was able to choose a beautiful red and pink lehenga purchased from Delhi.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Cake tasting - because I have a huge sweet tooth!
In reality, wedding planning can be extremely stressful, but I tried to enjoy the moments I got to spend with Vatsal talking about our wedding. It was exciting to think about our future and spending the rest of our lives together.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The hype and the party! All guests were vaccinated and restrictions in NJ were just lifted, and this was the first time in over a year that many were attending an event. It was so exciting to see family and friends. DJ Vik and the M4U events team put on an amazing party, and our guests were dancing all night!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The first look was the most special moment for me. Neither of us are criers, but we both shed (more than a few) tears when we first saw each other. It was really the only moment we had with just the two of us, and felt so intimate and personal. It was a perfect moment to start the rest of our lives.

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.
For our Mehndi night, we wanted a Moroccan themed evening since we got engaged in Morocco. Abdel Habibi Morocco NY was amazing - he brought stunning decor and even went above and beyond to set it up last minute. He made our night so special and so reminiscent of our engagement!
Our sangeet night was held at a local hotel, and was filled with performances by friends and family, and ended with a garba/raas dance that all guests joined!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Easier said than done, but try not to stress about the small things on your wedding day! There were certainly a few things on my day that didn't go as planned, and there will be in yours too, but in the end, ZERO people noticed the things that went "wrong" and only remembered the amazing moments such as walk down the aisle, exchange of garlands, first dance, partying on the dance floor. Don't sweat the small details and try to enjoy every moment, because it's over before you know it.

There are more inspiring stories coming this week, so make sure to join us tomorrow!

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Planning & Design: Detailed Affairs Team | DJ: M4U Events | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Hasbrouck Heights | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The One and Only Westmount Country Club | Cake & Treats: Baonanas | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio


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