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Phoenix, AZ South Indian Wedding by Santiago Almada Photography

Full of fun, traditions, and rituals, Monica and Gopi's South Indian wedding was simply a dream! Today's couple wedding put a lot of effort looking the perfect team of vendors, and all their hard work paid off. The talented Santiago Almada documented their joyous wedding and kindly shared with us a real feast for the eyes. All images transmit the bliss of all traditional events that included a lovely Mehndi party. During this event, Henna by Purvi elaborated an enchanting bridal design that included a beautiful sketch of the bride and groom for Maharani Monica that is absolutely adorable. How radiant does Maharani Monica looked draped in that orange silk saree! She gave us a serious wow moment looking as real queen for her big moment thanks to her magnificent outfit, hairdo and makeup, all creation of the renowned Makiaj Beauty. This bride's look is totally steal-worthy. Wedding experts Apropos Creations planned to perfection a series of celebrations that took place pre and post-nuptials at Chateau Luxe. Amidst the natural and calm environment offered by this exclusive venue, Festive Event Rentals' decor team beautified the ceremony stage with red drapes, flowy floral blooms, and foliage that added a royal vibe to the entire ceremony set. The creative crew also curated the romantic white theme decor for their reception party, which was perfectly complemented by Divinity Event Lighting's professional lights. I love this wedding because it's a great example of how a couple can stay authentic to their roots yet celebrating in the most modern way! Keep perusing our complete gallery by Santiago Almada Photography and explore all the great traditions of the South!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Gopi at a common friend's engagement party. He was sitting at a table with his friends when I walked in, and I noticed him immediately. I introduced myself to him and that night, we talked about anything and everything. I remember how easy it was to talk to him, and it honestly felt like I had known him forever. We hit it off from there, and the rest is history! When we reminisce about that night now, he tells me that he fell in love with me right then and there. And I completely believe it because I honestly fell for him that same night too.

When it comes to knowing that someone is the “one”, it can often seem difficult, but for me it always came down to the little things which he did which made me feel loved, cared for, and always left me feeling like I was the most important thing in his life. He would take time to hear me vent about my long day, even when he had a long day too. He would always be there for me on my toughest days, and would make me feel like a queen with everything he did for me. And most importantly, he became my best friend, the person I wanted to share everything with, and the person I depended on the most. As a long distance couple both in medical school we both have very demanding careers and don’t get to spend a lot of time together. But no matter what, we were there for each other. At a certain point, it became clear to me that I could not spend another second of my life without him by my side. Three years later we got married!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
One day Gopi unexpectedly told me that we would be going on a hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran Arizona desert the following day. I love adventures and it was my first time on a hot air balloon, so I was super excited to spend the day with him overlooking the gorgeous landscape. I had no idea that he had planned for much more that day. When we got to the place where the hot air balloon would be taking off from, he surprised me with a beautiful heirloom emerald ring, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him! It was one of the best moments of my life, but it was also the best surprise! I’ll never forget looking out at the clouds over the desert with the most beautiful ring in the world on my hand. I could truly not have imagined a more romantic proposal. It was perfect in every way! We got engaged on 11/27/19 and got married exactly one year later on 11/27/20.

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 both wanted more of a traditional style wedding but also wanted to celebrate our families and close friends. Family in Hyderabad helped us shop for all of my sarees and lenghas as well as Gopi’s sherwanis. Shopping for outfits was more special to me because everyone was involved! For my sarees I chose bold off-beat colors like pista green, baby blue and magenta. In addition, I opted for saree a with thick gold zari borders and mainly wore my mother and grandmother’s vintage jewelry. I wanted those unique jewelry pieces to shine!

I wanted to get married in a scenic open air location, so we chose a beautiful venue with mountains on all sides of the manadp. We decided on keeping the manado theme simple but traditional with gold and red. We wanted fresh florals everywhere - jasmine, marigold, orchids and roses were our favorites and each event had different flowers. For the evening events we wanted fairy lights everywhere as well as a canopy of lights and sparkler firework entry. Our venue was decorated beautifully for both the morning and evening events, and wedding planner Jo Ann from Apropros Creations was such a huge help and thought of fun ways to involve the guests in everything! During the ceremony we could all look out at the mountains surrounding the venue. The wedding was magical!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Growing up, I had always envisioned myself wearing a darker color lengha like a deep blue or red. I wanted to wear lenghas that would showcase my jewelry! I had selected green chandbali earrings for my haldi so I opted for a yellow lengha to let my earrings shine. I think it really suited the outdoor decor as well. For my mehendi I opted for a baby pink flowy lengha designed by Mishru, a Hyderabad based designer.

For my reception I chose a Mishru ink blue lengha paired with a diamond set, and I could not be happier with how the lehnga looked on me! I had actually seen the lengha in a bridal magazine when Gopi and I first met, and I loved wearing a lengha in the color I had imagined myself in for a long time! For our ceremony I wore a traditional madhuparkam plain white saree with a red and gold zari border. I paired each outfit with matching intricately decorated bangles and anklets. I focused on the small details of accessories and jewelry to make each outfit perfect!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests truly appreciated the effort we put into making events interactive and fun. Having a dance floor during the reception and allowing for flexible seating so individuals could sit next to other people they knew, and an open stage for singing and dancing performances allowed our guests to understand that they were an integral part of our very special day. Finally, having personalized gift baskets allowed for a personal touch that the guests greatly appreciated. The guests at our wedding were family and friends who greatly impacted us positively, and we both committed to showing them that as much as possible during our wedding events.

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 haldi and mehendi events took place in my backyard the day before the wedding. We had a stone grinder so people there could grind the turmeric into powder before applying it which made the haldi fun. Aunties sang songs that were sung at their own weddings. We decorated the trees with umbrellas and paper flowers that we had made the day before. We stacked decorative pots that guests could use to pour water. We also had a ton of white roses and jasmine! Our photographer Santiago was incredible and captured the emotions behind each event! I also got my bridal henna done by Purvi, and we decided a bride on one hand and a groom on the other. Gopi’s name was hidden on the grooms side and people had fun finding it during the wedding.

With everyone being busy around the world it was so wonderful to have our families and friends come out to support us and celebrate with us. We felt so loved! Friends and family worked together to make all the props for the events. Our families also put together the cutest dance montage for our reception. The theme was our love story and our cousins, uncles and aunts danced to different songs that depicted different stages of our relationship. Our DJ Issac was amazing and took requests to play songs everyone loved!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy every single moment! It’s so easy to get caught up in all the planning, but don’t forget that this time is meant to be your time to celebrate your love with your significant other! These moments are priceless and the start of your new life together! It’s okay to step away from the planning to unwind and relax. Wedding planning can be really stressful, but every single detail doesn’t have to be perfect as long as the big picture is ❤️. The little love-filled moments of the planning and wedding are the ones I look back on the most!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day, Maharanis. Please join us tomorrow for another great love story.

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Mehndi Artists: Henna by Purvi | Planning & Design: Apropos Creations | Event Designer: Apropos Creations | Ceremony Venue: Chateau Luxe | Reception Venue: Chateau Luxe | Floral & Decor: Festive Event Rentals | Hair and Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Catering: Chateau Luxe | DJ: Hyper Production DJ's | Catering: Chateau Luxe | Cinematography: Vinu Jacob Videography | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Bridal by Deena | Lighting: Divinity Event Lighting | Rentals: Inner Space Design | Photography: Santiago Almada Photography


Somerset, NJ South Indian Wedding by Jayesh Production

Good morning loves! Today we have a fabulous South Indian spree that is absolutely one for the books. Rohini and Krishna, the pair at the center of this traditional affair, prepared an experience like any other for their guests. The celebrations included lots of pre-wedding rituals that concluded with a beautiful ceremony at New Jersey's premier venue, The Marigold. Elegant Affairs Inc gave this couple the day they dreamed of decking out the ceremony stage with a temple-inspired theme that included white and red flowers, red drapes, and opulent golden pillars. The details of this mandap are spellbinding!  Jayesh Production captured the wedding day's events and followed the newlyweds from the getting ready moments all the way to through their grand exit. The talented photo team snapped the beautiful Rohini as the beauty expert  Looks by Jassi pampered her and created a gorgeous eye and bold lips makeup look she completed with an intricate henna design by Henna by Riddhi. What a jaw-droppingly magnificent style!  Rohini and Krishna hosted a reception after completing their ceremony and selected Chand Palace to provide a deliciously-satisfying selection of food for all their nearest and dearest. I'm sure you will love these traditional South Indian rendezvous' images. Having said that, brace yourself and click on the full gallery.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Our marriage was arranged. We found each other's profiles on WhatsApp and requested for additional details. Once our horescopes matched and we knew we could proceed talking, we exchanged numbers. We started talking in Feb, saw each other for the first time on Valentine's Day and quickly after got engaged. We were supposed to get married in May in India, but due to the pandemic, we pushed our wedding to November and got married in the US. Just by talking to each other, we fell in love and after seeing each other, we felt the spark!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
No proposal story as our wedding was arranged :)

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.
Initally we planned on having the wedding in India, so when we suddenly decided to have it in the US, I had to use Google as my best friend to look up different venues. My older brother suggested we look at the Marigold and after doing so, we fell in love with the venue. For the remaining, we took help from our venue for preferred vendors and finished the search on Instagram!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew that I always wanted to be traditional, not just in the outfit, but also in the colors. My wedding saree was maroon and gold.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Our original wedding was supposed to happen in India, but because of COVID, we decided to get married in the U.S. My father-in-law and mother-in-law and grandparents flew from India to attend the wedding and because we were performing most of the ceremonies at my house, both families spent a lot of time planning the event together and executing it in the same place. We are probably one of the few people who can say we attended each other's pre-wedding ceremonies!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After the wedding, our guests came back to us to tell us that they enjoyed the Indian food, social distancing (welcome to COVID weddings!), the live video (all our family who could not make the wedding in India due to COVID), and how traditional our wedding was especially because we were performing the ceremony in the U.S.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
In the Hindu culture, the bride and groom do not see each other on the day of the wedding until the Muhurtham time, ours was at 9:09 AM. At that time the thera between the bride and groom comes down for us to look at each other for the first time. The moment that constantly plays in my mind is when the thera comes down, I could not help but smile and almost tear up imagining that at that moment, I was going to spend the rest of my life with the man in front of me.

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 had a five-day South Indian Hindu ceremony. Day one consisted of me getting my Mehandi done. Day two consisted of getting both Krishna and I ready to become the groom and bride by getting us dressed in wedding clothes after the Mangala Snaanam. Day three consisted of the Krishna performing the Snathakam ceremony and I performing the Ankurarpana ceremony. That evening, we both the families sat across from each other for our Vara Pooja. At last, day four was our wedding! Following our wedding, day five, we ended the happy occasion by performing the Satyanarayana Pooja. All events, aside from our wedding, were done at home due to the COVID situation. We celebrated our wedding with a small intimate gathering of our closest friends and family.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
All the small details will fall into place by the time of the wedding. Relax and enjoy the wedding day.

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! More inspiration to come tomorrow.

 
 
 
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Photography: Jayesh Production | Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Ceremony Venue: The Marigold | Reception Venue: The Marigold | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Catering: Chand Palace | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Riddhi | Nails: Four Seasons Nails


Sparta, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Ishan Fotografi

Good morning, Maharanis! It's Tuesday and we'll seize this beautiful day unveiling the inspiring fusion wedding of Samantha & Rohan. This pair put together the most charming covid-friendly celebration at The Brick House Farm in Sparta, NJ. This colonial home and historical landmark created a magical environment to accommodate a guest list that ranged around only 50 guests. The lovebirds planned an intimate outdoor ceremony where they exchanged vows and incorporated some significant elements of a traditional Indian wedding. I'm swooning over this tiny ceremony that was indeed a big celebration of love! For this event, Maharani Sam flaunted a beautiful lehenga choli combined with a red chiffon dupatta that added the perfect touch of color to her bridal trousseau. To complete the look, Samantha's sister created a fresh-natural look that accentuated her natural beauty and that also made her flaunt her reception gown. A big shout to the couple's family, as they helped with the big day's charming decor. Thank heaven for family! The warm day continued with a small reception that overflowed with pure love, and where all guests could celebrate with great food especially cooked by The Brick House Farm's chefs. Ishan Fotografi beautifully captured the real essence of the day and unforgettable emotions documenting every detail. Let's take a closer at this gorgeous fusion bash in our full gallery, shall we!?

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 A big thanks to today's couple, for sharing their big day! Make sure to check tomorrow another sweet wedding story!

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Photography: Ishan Fotografi | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Brick House Farm | Planning & Design: Families | Floral & Decor: Families | Hair & Makeup: Bride's Sister | Catering: The Brick House Farm


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Ishan Fotografi

Happy Tuesday, ladies! Today, we elevate the romance with Dhwani & Rangan's intimate photo shoot leading to their wedding ceremony at The Marigold. So get ready because we are about to witness something extraordinary! Before her much anticipated walk down the aisle, Dhwani spent some time with Luxey Looks, who took care of her makeup and hairstyle needs with royal treatment. This natural beauty became the ultimate bombshell knockout thanks to the elegant hairstyle and the nude makeup that made her look like a princess. No wonder why Rangan couldn't take his eyes off of her during the romantic photoshoot carried out by the talented team at Ishan Fotografi. After this intimate and beautiful photoshoot, it was time to carry on with the outdoor wedding ceremony that united these two in marriage. The couple brought Rangoli Weddings on board to make their dream wedding come true, and the result was a wedding ceremony brimming with tradition, elegance, and beauty. They took advantage of the natural environment to create a minimalist yet gorgeous decor that revolves around the beautiful Mandap in soft pink and white hues that set the mood for this life-changing event. And we know that no wedding is complete without music. So we want to give a big shoutout to Amplifire Entertainment for their endless repertoire, as it provided the best musical background to enliven this entire celebration. If you want to get more details of this sweet and romantic story, you cannot miss today's gallery. It is an absolute visual delight you don't want to miss!

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That is all for today, ladies! We hope to see you here tomorrow when we unveil a new love story.

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DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Photography: Ishan Fotografi | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Luxey Looks | Catering: Chand Palace


Temecula, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by EDGE9 Media

Good morning, Maharanis! Today we are very excited to share all the lovely scenes surrounding Nandita & Vishnu's wonderful wedding celebration. This event combines all the things we love and immerses us in a beautiful journey that we can be part of, thanks to the visual masterpieces captured by Edge9 Media. Throughout this magnificent gallery, we will relieve a journey that mixes traditions, colors, emotions, dances, and above all, lots of love. We are sure there was not a single dry eye at the Mount Palomar Winery as our bride walked down the aisle in a striking, red lengha with golden embroidery that made everyone sigh. And in case you were wondering who was the mastermind behind such a traditional and sophisticated outfit and jewelry, it was none other than Nazrana. Their bridal collection is fantastic, and they have something for every bride. But you know that a dreamy look does not only rely on the outfit; that is why Nandita brought Makeup by Dina on board to take care of her beauty needs and Henna San Diego to design a fabulous Mehndi. And, oh boy, the final result was to die for! After the ceremony, there was a reception party truly showered with love and care reflected in all the uplifting moments the couple shared along with their family and friends. Hands down, this wedding had everything! From the spectacular decor by Deepti's Florals Designs & Mandaps to the sick beats by DJ Insomnia, this wedding celebration was an ode to beauty, flair, and extravaganza. And we want to give a big shoutout to Subham Events for making this event happen. We are sure Nandita & Vishnu could not have asked for a more beautiful wedding celebration! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Vishnu and I met through the app 'Dil Mil'. Shortly after connecting through the app, we discovered multiple similarities in our histories, interests, and overall lives. I quickly felt understood, and at home with him. Despite this comfort, I held my distance and tried to proceed slowly (years of dating had me skeptical of relationships). Nevertheless, Vishnu was not deterred by distance, he persisted. He broke down all my walls through his patience, his desire to make me happy, and ultimately - his unconditional love. He loved me for me, and it was the most beautiful feeling in the world.

If that wasn't enough... our lives integrated so well. Most importantly, the relationships between both of our families and our personal relationships with each other's families was one of respect, love, and most importantly- joy. Having these relationships evolve and grow around us further strengthened our own relationship. So much so, that the moment I knew I wanted to marry Vishnu was the moment I saw Vishnu and my parent hanging out on vacation- they were all so relaxed, comfortable, and happy! It just felt right. I knew in that moment, that he was the missing puzzle piece. :)

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Our families and I (along with an AMAZING team of vendors) had spent countless hours planning, and re-planning our wedding. The pandemic had presented it's fair share of challenges and we forced to adjust to each one of them. Leading up to the wedding, there was some level of nervousness as well. Would there be another shut down? Would everyone be safe? Would flights be cancelled? But then the wedding week had finally arrived, and every fear and anxiety disappeared.

The week kicked off with our family & friends flying in from around the world. Most of our guests had jumped through hoops to come, and we were so incredibly humbled by their efforts & love. Prior to the week, I feared the size of our wedding- we had about half the guests we would have had pre-covid, would not allow for a lively celebration. But honestly, the intimate size of our wedding was one of things that made the wedding feel extra special. When we looked around, we saw a room of nothing but people who had supported & loved Vishnu and I. It made for a comfortable, relaxed, and ultimately happy space for our celebrations.

I can't honestly say planning a wedding during covid was an enjoyable experience, but I can say, I have a evener deeper appreciation for both my family and Vishnus- who kept us strong and positive throughout every obstacle and every change. All our lives they have been our rocks and our biggest supporters...and yet again, they came through for us <3

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
So many of the guests used the words 'Perfect' or 'Magical' to describe our wedding festivities. I think the accolade can be contributed to two main factors. For starters, every detail came together beautifully. It was actually surreal. Not only did everything fall into place, but every event & every moment surpassed our expectations. The extensive team of vendors, our wedding coordinator, and my mom especially worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything was perfect....and it truly was. The decor was stunning, the food delicious, the beats were sick- it was all perfect.

Secondly, and maybe more importantly, we had the most amazing set of family and friends there to help celebrate our special day. COVID allowed for an intimate wedding where everyone could mingle and rejoice together.

Finally, probably the biggest compliment, and something we heard multiple times was that there did not appear to be a 'groom's side' and a 'bride's side'...it all just seemed like one big, happy family. We also felt exactly the same way :)

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
One moment in particular during the wedding that stands out to me is the first dance. As a long time Disney lover and self-proclaimed princess at heart, I choose the song 'A Whole New World' for our dance. The song was sung by none other than my sister and Vishnu's brother (both of which went to the same HS and sang in the same choir). Their voices were beautiful, and everyone in the audience said they were in awe. For Vishnu and I, the feeling was even more surreal. We loved these two people with all our hearts, and they were sharing this special moment with us in the most real way. As if everything was perfect enough, just as we started to dance, a slight wind picked up and it started to drizzle. Maybe some other brides would have been bothered, but honestly, I loved it! The drizzle, and the music, and dancing with the love off my life ....it all felt right out of a Disney movie! I truly felt like a princess.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
TRUST YOUR VENDORS. I can not express this enough. I gave my vendors an idea of my vision. I listened to their feedback on what they thought works/doesn't work/etc. And I am so happy I did... every single event went incredibly smoothly, and every detail came together beautifully. It was actually surreal. Not only did everything fall into place, but every event & every moment surpassed our expectations. The extensive team of vendors, our wedding coordinator, and my mom especially worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything was perfect....and it truly was. The decor was stunning, the food delicious, the beats were sick- it was all perfect. TRUST YOUR VENDORS- they are experts in what they do!

Thank you for joining us today! We hope to see you here tomorrow, same place, same time!

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Mehndi Artists: Henna San Diego | Floral & Decor: Deepti's Florals Designs & Mandaps | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Dina | Sangeet Venue/Ceremony Venue/ Reception Venue: Mount Palomar Winery | Planning & Design: Subham Events | Catering: Mantra Catering | DJ: DJ Insomnia | Baraat: Harpreet Sidhu | Bridal Fashions: Nazrana | Bridal Jewelry: Nazrana | Cinematography: Edge9 Media | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Glamorized By Penny | Lighting: Inland Empire Audio Video Rentals | Photography: Edge9 Media


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