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Long Island, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by BNB Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! We just reached the middle of this fantastic week, and we know that a couple like Lohitha Dasari & Mayur is exactly what you need to start getting ready for the weekend that comes ahead. Today, we head down to New York to witness a glammy gala that was a total dream come true. Our friends from BNB Photography sure did a fantastic job capturing everything that went on for today's gallery! And if this is not enough, we are also showcasing the visual masterpiece created by the talented team from Niran Jangogula in today's Video Blog. Just amazing! The exclusive The Garden City Hotel and the Grand Hyatt Regency Long Island hosted the traditional pre-wedding celebrations, and everyone was amazed by the incredible decoration that filled every inch and every corner of these exclusive and striking venues. House of Dipali's team crafted a marvelous decor that enhanced the beauty of the wedding ceremonies, creating magical backdrops that everyone loved. And Stylish Events did not stay behind and put together a fantastic scenery for the reception party held at the Crest Hollow Country Club. And we want to take a moment to admire the beautiful look that our gorgeous Maharani showcased for her big day. She trusted all of her beauty needs to the talented crew from Kanwal Batool, who pampered her and made her look like a goddess throughout the entire wedding events. Just lovely! Hands down, this is a fabulous wedding celebration you don't want to miss as every single detail will enchant you. Make sure to check it ou!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Mayur and I initially dated when we were 15/16! We stayed friends after that for many years and always bumped into each other at random social events. Life happened and we reconnected again after I turned 30 and it was an instant connection. We had the same values and morals and instantly fell back in love again. Our first date was at a vineyard and we knew fate brought us back together for a reason.

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.
Unlike other brides I hated the part of "planning". It was something that gave me a lot of anxiety because I wanted everything to be perfect. I had a vision in my head but had a hard time putting that down on paper. My husband who is a creative genius helped out tremendously in this department and pretty much executed all our ideas to our vendors. As our wedding was going to be on Long Island we had to find venues that could hold the amount of guests we had attending ( 800 +). We went with The Garden city hotel, Hyatt Regency and Crest Hollow country club. My hair and makeup was done by Kanwal Batool and her amazing staff - She has always been a dear friend to me so that was the one thing I was certain about. The Decor and theme we worked with House of Dipali ( Kiriba Floral) and Stylish Events of NY to execute the different visions we had for each event. They were an incredible help. Last but not least our attentive wedding planner Artistic Affairs ( Jharna) was there from the first moment to the last. She really gave us so many unique ideas and helped plan to perfect, we could not have had such beautiful executed events without her and her team!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
All my Indian outfits were custom done by Mom in India. I wore two different sarees for the wedding ceremony and they were custom made on the handloom. My mom actually picked out all the threads and warping and they were weaved by the weavers. Fun fact - I did not try on any of my Indian outfits till the day of each event! I trusted my moms choices and they all came out perfect. My reception outfit was an american white dress covered in swarvoski crystals. My family and I traveled to California to Karoza Bridal to pick it out as I fell in love with their designs on instagram. I initially envisioned myself in a mermaid gown but after spending hours there my mom pulled the perfect princess gown that I fell in love with as soon as I tried it on. Once again I guess its true, Moms know best.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment in our wedding was the first dance. My close friend Breanne actually sang our first song and recorded it and sent it to us all the way from Spain. She was unable to make the wedding but its something that my husband and I will cherish forever. We were serenaded with the most beautiful voice as we were dancing ; We truly felt there was no one else in the room as we danced.

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
Our sangeet night was filled with so much laughter and dancing. We had so many people that performed and took their time out of their life to add something special and memorable that we can remember, we will always hold those dances and songs close to our hearts. I also wanted to do a combination of songs dedicated to my grandmother, Mom & dad and my in laws. It was something I always wanted to do and I am glad I had the opportunity to do that.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't sweat the small things! So many things are going to go wrong and not as you planned but just remember this is the start of the rest of your life with your perfect love and that is what's important.

Stick around, we have tons of inspiration prepared for you tomorrow! 

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Floral & Decor: Stylish Events | Venues: Crest Hollow Country Club | Hair & Makeup: Kanwal Batool | Venues: The Garden City Hotel | Floral & Decor: House of Dipali | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Island | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Island | Planning & Design: Artistic Affairs NY | Floral & Decor (Wedding Floral): Kiriba Floral | Catering: Benares Restaurant & Catering | Catering (Mehndi): The Garden City | Catering (Sangeet): Tandoor & Co. Restaurant | Catering (Wedding): Dakshin Express | DJ / Baraat: DJ USA | Cinematography: Niran Jangogula | Mehndi Artist: Henna For All | Photography: BNB Photography


Herradura, CR Indian Wedding by Sachi Anand Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! We just reach the middle of this phenomenal week, and we have a fantastic surprise prepared just for you! Are you ready to be amazed? I bet you are! Today, you will need to have your passport ready because we are taking you to Costa Rica to admire the beauty that surrounded Parthvi & Anuar's wedding festivities!  You are welcome to join us at the exclusive Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort, the ideal venue chosen by our lovely duo to celebrate their promise of eternal love. And let me tell you that the "Pura Vida" vives enchanted every single guest. So awesome! Our friends from Tropical Occasions were in charge of transforming our lovebird's vision into a dream come true,  and the way they did it was so impressive that we found ourselves lost in words over so much beauty. Hands down the wedding was a huge success! Our gorgeous Maharani showcased her natural beauty, stealing everyone's attention, especially Raja Anuar's, who couldn't take his eyes off of her. She trusted her beauty needs to Anisha Creations, who designed a fantastic makeup and hairstyle for her. The special touch of the celebration was in charge of Stylos y Flores, who crafted a spectacular decoration. The phenomenal beats played by the talented MVP DJs, who turned the reception gala into a mix of tropical but at the same time a traditional party, the dances, the emotive speeches, and the delicious food were the right ingredients for this memorable celebration. And we are so lucky that our good friends from Sachi Anand Photography were there to capture every detail, which gave life to this fantastic gallery. Make sure to visit it. You will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
R. During the fall semester of my freshman year at Penn State University, I was rushing for a few sororities. While I was at one of the events, Anuar introduced himself to me. I specifically remember that he was freshly tan, super smiley and so easily to talk to. While we chatted, we realized that we both had attended the football game earlier that day (...and explained his sunburn haha).

Anuar has been there for me through so many ups and downs. There are so many moments that I probably can't even remember at this point, but there were two really telling times that solidified our relationship:
1. Despite both of us having classes, Anuar drove me home from Penn State to my house 2.5 hours away just so I could surprise my sister and say goodbye before she moved to California
2. In 2015, he moved from his parent's house in Pennsylvania to California so we could live near each other again

After these two moments, his integrity and willingness to go above and beyond for me was so clear. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I did a ton of research and changed my mind so many times before finally choosing! I had originally wanted to get something similar to Priyanka Chopra's lehenga, but my mom suggested to have some contrasting work. I continued the search and was then inspired by Sabyasachi's regal looks in traditional red with embroidery. I worked directly with Gauri Fashions to customize this dress and an additional contrasting pink dupatta to wear as my veil. For the color, I definitely wanted to stay in line with traditional red and added my own twist with a pop of pink to contrast with the tropical scenery of Costa Rica.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite moment happened during the Sangeet. We switched the music from garba to salsa, so the Colombians were teaching the Indians how to salsa. Despite the language barriers and cultural differences, everyone came together on the dance floor and danced their hearts away. Anuar and I always bonded over the fact that both of our cultures love to dance, and we were able to see all of our loved ones prove that dance truly is a universal language.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
- Don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo in terms of typical Indian weddings. Change it up if you can!
- Prepare your family and friends so they can help manage any vendors so you can let go of the details as the events begin.
- Do your best to soak each moment in and enjoy all the love around you during the wedding weekend!
- Consider reducing the number of events for guests to attend; it can be tiring for the wedding party and guests to squeeze everything into a long weekend
- Being a desi, we all know there will be haters. Let the haters hate, and push away any negative energy that's around you. Just shine like the beautiful bride you'll be!

We have something special prepared for you tomorrow. So, make sure to visit us. Same place, same time!

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Planning & Design: Tropical Occasions | Venues: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort | Lighting: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort | Floral & Decor: Stylos y Flores | Hair & Makeup: Anisha Creations | DJ: MVP DJs | Bridal Fashions: Gauri | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mad Stitches By Nidhi | Cinematography: Bacalao Films | Rentals: D’Gala | Photography: Sachi Anand Photography


Valencia, CA Indian Wedding by Greycard Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! Are you ready to be amazed by a new love story? I bet you are! So join us in today's journey. I know that every single part of it will inspire you! To begin this journey, let me take you to the exclusive HyattRegency Valencia, the ideal venue chosen by Bhumi & Kumar, our today's lovebirds, to tie the knot. If you are wondering who was the mastermind behind all of the organization and planning, we have the right answer for you: It was none other than the talented crew from Best Dream Weddings by Vanessa Doménech. They took this wedding to the next level and ensured to make our lovely duo's dreamed wedding come to life. Just perfect! Speaking about perfection, you will be amazed by the innate beauty of our gorgeous Maharani Bhumi, who looked like a vision of beauty throughout the entire festivities. Hands down, she made the right choice by trusting the exceptional talent of Dolled up by Lulu, who made sure to deliver a royalty look for her. As you scroll down, you will be enchanted by the fantastic talent of Greycard Photography, who captured every single detail and emotion from this marvelous celebration and created a beautiful gallery. So don't wait any longer and fill your soul with tons of inspiration! You will love it!

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Please visit us tomorrow for a new love story that will blow your mind! 

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Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Planning & Design: Best Dream Weddings by Vanessa Doménech | Photography: Greycard Photography | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Valencia | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Valencia | Floral & Decor: Touch of Lavender | Catering (Caterer Lunch Wedding): Jay Bharat | Catering (Reception & Welcome Dinner): Natraj Catering and Restaurants | DJ: 3D Sounds | Baraat: Legends Car Rental | Cake & Treats: Donna from Cake Farm | Cake & Treats (Ice Cream): Siraj | Cinematography: Robles Video Productions | Lighting: Araj Shamsi | Mehndi Artist: Sheetal | Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booth | Rentals: Kumba Events


Valencia, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Greycard Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! Here at Maharani Weddings, we care about your dreams. That is why we have the best selection of love stories that can inspire you to create your ultimate dream wedding. Today we have a big special event prepared for you. Are you ready? I bet you do. So let's begin this journey at the exclusive Hyatt Regency Valencia, the perfect venue chosen by Nisha & Ankush, today's lovely couple, to celebrate their marvelous wedding festivities. If you are a perfectionist bride to be, you will love how Best Dream Weddings by Vanessa Doménech planned and orchestrated this spectacular event. They embraced this lovebirds' vision and transformed it into a dream come true. Just magical! The talented crew from Floral Passion created the ideal decoration that filled the entire hall down to the last corner, with so much magic and beauty. You will love how Ankush, our elegant Raja, enjoyed the Baraat procession riding a beautiful white horse from Enchanted Carriages. So much merriment and traditional flair. Still, it was our gorgeous Maharani Nisha who stole the show, leaving everyone speechless once she burst into the room, showcasing her royalty look. She trusted her beauty needs to Jaxvicious Beauty, who delivered nothing less than perfection. What a fabulous talent! Today, you can relive this fantastic wedding by visiting today's gallery by Greycard Photography, who captured all details and emotions of this marvelous celebration of love. So, don't think twice and go check them out, we are sure you are going to be amazed and thoroughly inspired!

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Come back tomorrow! We have something special waiting for you.

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Planning & Design: Best Dream Weddings by Vanessa Doménech | Baraat: Enchanted Carriages | Photography: Greycard Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Valencia | Floral & Decor: Floral Passion | Makeup: Jaxvicious Beauty | Hair: Farah | Catering: Manohar's Delhi Palace | DJ: Dj Scorpio | Cake & Treats: Jill's Cake Creation | Cinematography: Robles Video Productions


Columbus, Ohio Indian Wedding by Making the Moment Photography

Happy Friday, Maharanis! We just reached the end of this fabulous week, and we don't want to end it without filling your life with the inspiration needed. Today we are pleased to unveil all the beauty that surrounded Jennifer & Ankit's wedding festivities. To begin this journey, let me take you to the exclusive Hyatt Regency Columbus, the perfect venue chosen by our lovebirds to tie the knot. Right from the top, we want to highlight the phenomenal talent of B3 Event Management. Who provided an excellent service, crafting the ideal decoration for each ceremony and celebration, the marvelous lighting at the hall, the delicious food served at the wedding reception, and of course, they were the mastermind behind the excellent planning of this celebration. Just the perfect combination! Our gorgeous Maharani walked down the aisle with such a royal look, dazzling everyone at the hall. She made the right call by trusting Formality Onsite Hair and Makeup By Tiffany Chan and Terri Norris - Angles Hair and Salon for all her beauty needs. Just marvelous! Today you are invited to enjoy all of these details in today's gallery, thanks to the photos captured by Making the Moment Photography that, along with the talent from Veda Films, who created a phenomenal film, made sure to embrace each emotion from the celebration. I'm confident that you will love it as much as we did!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Ankit and I met on the online app Coffee Meets Bagel. He lived in Philadelphia and I lived in DC. For our first date, he drove down and we went to brunch at a DC restaurant followed by visiting a museum and walking around the city. I was sick with a cold so I left shortly after! I knew he was "the one" when he met my family and friends and I realized how much everyone loved him.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My sister and brother-in-law flew in from out of town for a fun weekend. I had booked brunch at one of my favorite DC restaurants. A few days before, the "restaurant" cancelled our reservation. I was distraught and called the restaurant to fix our reservation, and called several times that week to make sure it was still standing. On our way to the restaurant, I realized we were going the wrong direction. We stopped and got out at the restaurant of our first date. He proposed and then Ankit's brother, sister-in-law, and cousin showed up for an entire family affair! Needless to say we never made our reservation!
 
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 hired B3 events to help with our decorations and wedding coordination. My hair was done by Terri Norris at Angles Salon in Marion, Ohio. My makeup was done by Tiffany at Formality Hair and Makeup. My outfits were bought in India. Our DJ was DJ Vikas at Opening Minds Entertainment/Be Somebody. Our wedding venue was the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I bought all of my outfits from India. I knew I wanted a traditional South Indian sari that was red for the wedding, but other than that I really had no idea or "plan" of what I was looking for. I picked my Sangeet lengha because it was Ankit's favorite colors. I picked my reception dress because I liked it!
 
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Ankit and I met on the online app Coffee Meets Bagel. He lived in Philadelphia and I lived in DC. For our first date, he drove down and we went to brunch at a DC restaurant followed by visiting a museum and walking around the city. I was sick with a cold so I left shortly after! I knew he was "the one" when he met my family and friends and I realized how much everyone loved him.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My sister and brother-in-law flew in from out of town for a fun weekend. I had booked brunch at one of my favorite DC restaurants. A few days before, the "restaurant" cancelled our reservation. I was distraught and called the restaurant to fix our reservation, and called several times that week to make sure it was still standing. On our way to the restaurant, I realized we were going the wrong direction. We stopped and got out at the restaurant of our first date. He proposed and then Ankit's brother, sister-in-law, and cousin showed up for an entire family affair! Needless to say we never made our reservation!
 
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 hired B3 events to help with our decorations and wedding coordination. My hair was done by Terri Norris at Angles Salon in Marion, Ohio. My makeup was done by Tiffany at Formality Hair and Makeup. My outfits were bought in India. Our DJ was DJ Vikas at Opening Minds Entertainment/Be Somebody. Our wedding venue was the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I bought all of my outfits from India. I knew I wanted a traditional South Indian sari that was red for the wedding, but other than that I really had no idea or "plan" of what I was looking for. I picked my Sangeet lengha because it was Ankit's favorite colors. I picked my reception dress because I liked it!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The food tasting :)
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Most loved the dancing, especially the Sangeet/Garba. They say that they loved the food, the DJ/dancing, the performances, and family time.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The dancing and how much fun we had with our families and friends who don't get to see often. We also had a great afterparty filled with lots of Taco Bell!
 
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 the Sangeet/Garba, we had a more relaxed vibe with "cabanas" and casual seating. We also had a very cool entrance tunnel with a rickshaw for taking pictures. For the wedding, we chose to be simple and focused more on the Mandap. For the Reception, we went with a more relaxed theme with loungers on the stage for family and a simple, elegant vibe. And we also had a live photobooth.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Something will always go wrong--just expect it and go with the flow! Chances are, none of your guests will notice. I also recommend having a universal schedule and making sure multiple family members know what is going on to ensure everyone is on the same page and others are there to help communicate. Also, push for what you want, it's YOUR day!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We chose to use Costco sheet cake (tastes amazing) to serve to our guests and used a smaller cake to cut in front of our guests. We also had mini donuts (https://www.peaceloveandlittledonuts.com/locations/columbus) that our guests loved!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Most loved the dancing, especially the Sangeet/Garba. They say that they loved the food, the DJ/dancing, the performances, and family time.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The dancing and how much fun we had with our families and friends who don't get to see often. We also had a great afterparty filled with lots of Taco Bell!
 
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 the Sangeet/Garba, we had a more relaxed vibe with "cabanas" and casual seating. We also had a very cool entrance tunnel with a rickshaw for taking pictures. For the wedding, we chose to be simple and focused more on the Mandap. For the Reception, we went with a more relaxed theme with loungers on the stage for family and a simple, elegant vibe. And we also had a live photobooth.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Something will always go wrong--just expect it and go with the flow! Chances are, none of your guests will notice. I also recommend having a universal schedule and making sure multiple family members know what is going on to ensure everyone is on the same page and others are there to help communicate. Also, push for what you want, it's YOUR day!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We chose to use Costco sheet cake (tastes amazing) to serve to our guests and used a smaller cake to cut in front of our guests. We also had mini donuts (https://www.peaceloveandlittledonuts.com/locations/columbus) that our guests loved!

Please come back on Monday, we have something prepared just for you. 
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Photography: Making the Moment Photography | Cinematography: Veda Films | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Columbus | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Columbus | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Columbus | Planning & Design: B3 Event Management | Floral & Decor: B3 Event Management | Catering: B3 Event Management | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: B3 Event Management | Lighting: B3 Event Management | Hair & Makeup: Formality Onsite Hair and Makeup By Tiffany Chan | Hair & Makeup: Terri Norris - Angles Hair and Salon | DJ: Opening Minds Entertainment | Baraat: Willow Wind Carriage and Limousine Service | Cake & Treats: Short North Piece of Cake | Lighting: Opening Minds Entertainment


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