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Cancun, Mexico Indian Fusion Wedding by PTaufiq Photography

Hello Maharanis! Today we bring something truly special that includes stunning views and incredible pristine waters and, of course, a true romantic story. Navdeep & Dan is the fortunate couple that decided to start their wedding journey with a beautiful Sikh union and then relax and reconnect with their loved ones in the Mexican Caribbean while celebrating their big Hindi wedding! These lovebirds traveled to Cancun's white-sand beaches, thanks to premier destination wedding concierge Shaadi Destination. They ensured to get all wedding guests out of their hometowns and make a vacation out of Navdeep and Dan's union. Home to a number of cenotes, Cancun offered the talented PTaufiq Photography the most fantastic scenario to capture some lovey-dovey moments inside these natural caves and outdoors. We are over the moon with the ceremonies and celebrations held at the majestic Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa. At the same time, we love how the luxury Weddings by Palladium helped organized the tailor-made three-day wedding spree! Big shout to Zuñiga Deco·Cancún, who created the right magic atmosphere with incredible ornaments for the events inside this World-class resort. Not to mention how deeply in love we are with each henna paisley flaunted by Maharani Navdeep bridal mehndi, thanks to Loto Mehndi's talent. Ladies, hurry up and check out Navdeep & Dan's beautiful wedding and photoshoots in paradise in our gallery now!

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 Make sure to come back tomorrow for more wedding inspiration!

 
 
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Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Venues: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Floral & Decor: Zuñiga Deco·Cancún | Lighting: OHM AudioVisual | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndi | Photography: PTaufiq Photography


Albany, NY Indian Wedding by Fabula Photography

Happy Thursday, Ladies! We are so excited you could join us today because we are just a few hours away from saying goodbye to 2020! Without any question; this has been an atypical year, to say the least. Still, there is nothing to regret as we had a great time sharing romantic and inspiring stories with all of you! And, being this, the last feature of the year, you know we had to make it memorable! So get ready to be amazed by all the beauty and flair surrounding Janaki & Pratik's wedding celebration. It will take your breath away! Due to covid restrictions, this wedding took place at the Bride's Backyard, but this slight change of plans didn't take away the glamour and beauty of this life-changing event. Xquisit Events planned this affair down to the smallest detail, finding the best allies in Surroundings Floral Studio and Abhishek Decorators. This fabulous duo took care of the lovely floral arrangements and the mesmerizing decor, and the result was an absolute beauty! And talking about beauty, let's take a moment to admire the enchanting look of our gorgeous Maharani Janaki. She looked like a goddess after being pampered by Saba. No wonder why Raja Pratik couldn't take his eyes off of her. After the wedding, there was an intimate reception to celebrate this life milestone. All the guests enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Sukhadia Caterers while listening to the melodies played by DJ Albany. If you can't get enough of this wedding, don't miss the jaw-dropping shots captured by Fabula Photography in today's full gallery. Every photo is a visual delight you will love!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Pratik through an online dating app. At first, our schedules didn't match up to meet and our conversations died. But Pratik randomly messaged me again weeks after we first connected and we finally made plans to meet over brunch. We talked for SO many hours on our first date, and neither of us wanted to leave. After the first 3 or 4 dates, I knew he was the one!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I planned a residency graduation party with my close friends and family. My parents rented a beach house in Rhode Island and catered food from a local Indian restaurant for the party. Pratik was in charge of getting a cake, and on the cake he secretly had written "now say yes." He brought the cake out with sparklers and fanfare, and after he placed the cake in front of me on the table, he kneeled down on one knee and proposed! He surprised all of us, including our parents and siblings because he told not a soul about the proposal until literally moments before he was about to do it! It felt so wonderful being surrounded by my family and best friends when Pratik proposed!

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 started to plan the wedding soon after we got engaged. We debated between a destination wedding or doing it locally in my home town in Albany, NY. We finally decided to have the wedding in Albany at a beautiful convention center and hired most of our vendors from New Jersey. We were able to make a very quick but amazing trip to India with my mom to get all of our wedding outfits, which turned out amazing! We were super excited to have all of our friends and family from all over the world (literally) come celebrate with us...but then COVID happened. After months of agonizing over whether we should postpone, cancel or down-scale our wedding, we decided to down-scale our wedding to a single event in my parent's back yard in Albany, NY on our originally planned wedding date. We changed to all local vendors due to travel restrictions during COVID, but were so grateful that we were able to keep our originally planned caterer (Sukhadia) and photo/video team (Fabula photography) for the event. Our theme for our micro, outdoor, COVID wedding became "rustic with pops of color" and safety! Total Events (decor and rentals) and Surroundings Floral studio (florist) did an AMAZING job making our vision for the open-concept, floral mandap and the dining tent come true. The way they used fabrics and florals to compliment the elements of nature in my parent's backyard was just perfect! My hair, make up, and mehndi came out incredible and we all looked great on the big day! Most importantly, everyone stayed safe and healthy!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
The only thing I really thought of before I started wedding dress shopping was the color of the dress--I wanted a bright, cherry red! Going to India for my shopping was the best decision I made because I was able to see and try on SO many different dresses in such a short period of time. Pratik was actually the one who literally found my wedding dress. As I was trying on dress after dress that the employees at Aso Palav showed me, Pratik went around the show room himself and found the dress hanging in the corner. The color was spot on! When I tried on the dress on, I instantly knew it was "the one" by the way Pratik and my mother looked at me in it. Aso Palav was amazing and was able to make alterations and modifications to the dress for me in just a few days, and the dress was absolutely perfect in the end. My favorite aspects of my overall dress and look on the wedding day was the color of my dress, the scalloping at the bottom of my lengha, and my bridal jewelry, especially that necklace!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
After having to down-scale and re-design our wedding due to COVID, we ended up really enjoying being able to focus on small details, like getting personalized name carvings and custom masks made for our guests. We also wanted to try to include as many of our friends and family who weren't able to be there for our big day, and had fun planning a "Vidai parade" around my neighborhood where we assigned socially-distant "gathering points" along a route where our friends could wait. Then we drove along the route in our car during the Vidai, saying hi to everyone who was there waiting for us. It was awesome seeing so many of our friends there congratulating us and cheering us on as we drove around the neighborhood!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They loved how intimate and well planned-out the wedding was, considering the limitations we had during COVID. They loved the personalized details and the fact that they felt safe attending our wedding. We really tried to go above and beyond to ensure that tables were placed 6 feet apart, that everyone was given cleans masks to wear, that everyone had more than enough hand sanitizer, and that food was served by professional staff. Our guests also LOVED our first dance! Pratik and I love garba raas and we were really sad that we didn't have a garba raas event for our wedding. So for our first dance, we did a garba-esque themed dance to Chogada! Lastly, our "virtual guests" loved the live-steam production conducted by Fabula photography. They felt like they were there with front-row seats the entire time, and it made us feel very happy that everyone could feel included.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first dance! Though it was not a very traditional bride and groom first dance, it was totally the first dance that made sense for Pratik and me! We love garba and just had to do a garba-esque dance on our wedding day. The song Chogada was perfect and so fun to dance to. All of our guests loved it and Pratik and I will never forget it!

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.
Due to COVID we significantly reduced the number of events for our wedding.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
If things don't go originally as planned, don't stress and try to find the silver lining! In the end, some things will go "wrong" but all the happy and positive moments will totally outweigh those minor blunders.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I loved my wedding Jewelry! I had it custom made with 9rock in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. I brought my blouse to the initial appointment and we tried on different necklaces and earrings with it. Then the jeweler modified and pieced together elements of different necklaces and earrings I tried on, and matched the beads and gems to the exact green color I wanted. At first I thought the necklace would be too big, but in the end, I absolutely loved how it covered my entire neck and how the green elements in the jewelry complimented the green border on my head-dress.

There is more coming for 2021! So, enjoy the holidays, and get ready to start the new year with us!

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Catering: Sukhadia Caterers | Planning & Design: Xquisit Events | Ceremony Venue: Bride's Backyard | Floral & Decor: Surroundings Floral Studio | Hair & Makeup: Saba | DJ: DJ Albany | Bridal Jewelry: 9rock | Cake & Treats: Coccadotts Cake Shop | Cinematography: Fabula Photography | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Nayalesh | Rentals: Total Events LLC | Indian Decor Rentals: Abhishek Decorators | Photography: Fabula Photography


Plano, TX Pakistani Wedding by Photo Kumar

Hello, beautiful ladies! We missed you during the weekend, and we are excited to be back with more energy to continue sharing romantic love stories with you! And talking about romance and love, today's feature wedding is a huge representation of this! So, don't want any longer and get ready to enjoy all the beauty and flair surrounding Anna & Riyaz's wedding! To make their dream wedding come to life, these lovebirds decided to bring Events by Faiza on board to take care of the decor.  And what a great decision it was as this fantastic team created the most beautiful backdrops for Anna & Riyaz to start their married life. Everything was beautiful and mesmerizing. Still, nothing compared to the beauty of our gorgeous Maharani Anna. She burst into the scene donning beautiful attires from Salma Dawood and Panache by Sharmeen very well complemented with exquisite makeup and hairstyle designs by Ghalia Alim and Sarah Mohammed. If that doesn't say beauty, few things will! The wedding festivities concluded with an epic reception party at the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park. And all we have to say is that it was a night to remember. If you want to take a closer look at this celebration of love, head into our full gallery for more. The good friends from Photo Kumar shared the fabulous shots they captured during this event, and we put them all together for your enjoyment. So check them out! Every shot is a visual masterpiece that will take your breath away.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Riyaz at work back in 2014 when he joined. At first, we began talking casually at work and randomly on social media. Rumors at work began to escalate that Riyaz was interested in my co-worker and wanted to ask her out. I left work shortly after to get back to school full time and we lost contact. After 3 years, Riyaz messaged me randomly to see how things were at my end. We started talking again and he cleared the misunderstanding about asking my co-worker out. He was interested me instead but was hesitant to let me know. After talking for months, we started dating and that's when I knew he was the "one." He was so generous to my mom and instantly connected with my family. I was introduced to his family and his and I became really good friends. Everything was so smooth and seemed perfect.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We met often at "I love you a latte" for college work or just to hangout. One day he calls me randomly when I was in class to meet him for coffee. He never calls me or texts me when I am in class. I went to see him after my class and we had coffee together. Shortly after, we went out for lunch at Bob Steak House and that’s where he proposed. We had our lunch and spend rest of the day 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.
Riyaz and I wanted to get married in summer but were not sure about the dates. After switching between end of July to beginning of August, we decided to go for mid-July. Since summer usually are busy with weddings, we knew that we had to start early and reach out to all the vendors that we ever wanted for our wedding. Thanks to amazing family for helping us out in planning and organizing. We divided tasks to everyone in our families but ended up deciding what we liked and imagined.

Riyaz is a fan of PhotoKumar and I heard great things about Wedding Decor by Faiza for our wedding decorations so we decided to reach them and finalize it. Next, we focused on FOOD. Yes, believe it or not it’s very important. lol Afterwards, we focused on the details. I absolutely loved Ghalia's makeup and I have been following her for a while. So, I reached out to her and luckily the dates were available. I also loved Fiyona's mehndi and by luck she was also available.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had no idea what color I wanted for my wedding outfit but I definitely didn't wanted red. When I went to Pakistan with my family to shop for wedding outfits, I tried out many outfits with different color options but nothing came satisfactory. And then my designer, Salma Dawood said why don't have something pink and peachesh. It's not too common and also colors like this are preferred these days. When she showed me the color, I felt in love and decided to go for that. I picked my wedding dress embroidery from three different outfits. The final piece came out amazing and just as I imagined. My Nikkah sari from Panache by Sharmeen was amazing. I didn't imagine my Nikkah Sari to be White. Everyone wears white and I wanted to wear something unique with unique color combination. As soon as I saw this sari, I couldn't stop myself from purchasing it. Riyaz also ended up buying his Sherwani from Sharmeen.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I absolutely loved planning the little details of the wedding. My niece and nephews were so excited to dress up and dance for their Ani's wedding. I enjoyed planning little things for pithi and Sangeet with my mom and bhabi. I also enjoyed rehearsing on all the performances Riyaz and I planned. We selected songs, rehearsed on it and performed at our Sangeet and Reception.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guest really enjoyed the ambiance of the reception day. Since we had Tabla and Sitar players at our wedding, it made it very special for guests to enjoy something different. The cake by Sally Bakes me Pretty, made amazing Tres Leche and Nutella cake. Very satisfactory to our taste buds.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The special moment that replays in my mind is the video Riyaz and I made for our families to express our feelings. Riyaz and My father passed away years ago and we wanted to remember them and appreciate them on our special day. The videos we made not only remembered our fathers but also express our love and appreciation for our families. My mom and my brothers cried after watching the video and it also put me to tears also

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 decorated our house full of lights and flowers. Some days after the planning and decorating we would drop everything, put the music on, and just dance.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just be relax. I know weddings can be really stressful but just relax. Plan a head of time, whether it’s a wedding season or not but just plan a head of time. Planning ahead will give you peace of mind that your vendors have the dates locked.

Another advice to enjoy your day. Sometimes, we get so carried away with the timings and details that we don't even enjoy our own day. It’s your day and you planned it for a while, so Just enjoy it and let everything happen on its own.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I am mehandi lover and very picky when it comes to my Bridal Mehandi. I loved Fiyona's work and she designed it the way I imaged it. I was not too picky about my jewelry but Tilak Jewelers had the perfect piece to compliment my Nikkah Sari.

Riyaz and I wanted a reception venue that is closer to our place. We loved the venue at Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park, so we decided to go with that.

I loved the way our wedding turned out. Everything happened the way we planned out and it would've never been possible without the help and support from our families.

That is all for today, ladies. But don't forget to join us tomorrow for more!

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Floral & Decor: Events by Faiza | Venues: Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park | Sangeet Venue: Lal Qila Banquet Hall | Ceremony Venue: Ismaili JamatKhana Plano | Hair & Makeup: Ghalia Alim | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Mohammed | Catering: Al Markaz | DJ: Dallas Indian Weddings | Bridal Fashions: Salma Dawood | Bridal Fashions: Panache by Sharmeen | Bridal Jewelry: Tilak Jewelers | Cake & Treats: Sally Bakes Me Pretty | Cinematography: Photo Kumar | Mehndi Artist: Fiyona Khoja | Groom's Fashion: Panache by Sharmeen | Ceremony Catering: Bombay Chopsticks | Photography: Photo Kumar


Whippany, NJ Indian Wedding by Memories Studio

Good morning, beautiful Maharanis! Today is a lovely day to share with you a bouquet of emotions that will inspire you for your upcoming event. If this story looks familiar, it is because we have previously showcased this event in a phenomenal visual masterpiece created by Memories Studio. Today our friends from Memories Studio will dazzle us with a remarkable photo gallery as they made sure to capture every emotion and intimate moment of the promise of eternal love between Neelam & Rutvik, our lovely couple from today. So let's go back to the exclusive Hanover Marriott to admire the beauty of this love story. You will love the way Neelam walked down the aisle. She stole the whole show, and Raja Rutvik couldn't take his eyes off of her. And all we have to say is that our gorgeous Maharani made the right call by trusting Color Me Rouge for her beauty needs. Once the ceremony concluded, a fantastic wedding reception started. Everyone enjoyed the amazing chatting, the delicious food, the emotional speeches, and of course the tremendous beats played by our good friends from Powerhouse DJs, who took this closing gala to the next level. So wait no more and join us in today's gallery. You will love every single image and will take tons of inspiring ideas!

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Come back tomorrow for more! I bet you will love what we have prepared for you. 

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Hair & Makeup: Color Me Rouge | DJ: Powerhouse DJs | Photography: KK Photography NJ | Cinematography: Memories Studio | Photography: Memories Studio | Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Hanover Marriott | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design and Decor | Catering: Rasoi | Cake & Treats: Live Ice Cream: 321chillz | Cake & Treats: Palermos Bakery | Cinematography: Memories Studio | Mehndi Artist: Deepti Patel | Photo Booth: TJ Photobooth | Robot: Robot mac


Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Welcome back, beautiful Maharanis! We are about to finish this incredible week, and we don't want to end it without a daily dose of inspiration. If this love story looks familiar, it is because we already showcased it in the visual masterpiece created by the talented team from Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography. Today we are still being delighted by their talent, thanks to this phenomenal gallery that will take your breath away. So, let's go back to the exclusive Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia to relive the exceptional promise of love between Mariyum & Areeb. They said "I do" while surrounded by a fabulous backdrop filled with beautiful centerpieces, floral arrangements, and perfect lighting highlighting the well-selected decor. This was thanks to the detailed talent from Events InStyle by Beenish Inc, who made sure to create a dreamed set. Delicious and traditional food, unique choreographies, laughter, and of course the phenomenal beats from DJ Jaz- GTB Productions, who put everyone on their feet the whole night, were the special ingredients for an epic celebration. Today you are invited to be part of this love story, so scroll down and enjoy it!

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Yes, we have more for you. So don't miss us tomorrow and come back! I bet you will love what we have prepared for you!

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DJ: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Venues: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Planning & Design: Events InStyle by Beenish Inc. | Floral & Decor: Events InStyle by Beenish Inc. | Hair & Makeup: Color Impressions by Saba | Catering: Kabab Hut | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Uroosa


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