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The gorgeous ceremony came to an end and it was official, Aveena & Kayur were finally married! To celebrate the milestone big time, our lovebirds decided to go big with the reception! Guess who planned and designed it? The team from CG & Co Events, of course! Such a gorgeous party needed the pros and with the catering wonders of IndAroma, what can possibly be missing? Such a treat! What was also stunning was Maharani Aveena's ruby custom made saree. Seriously, this bride is such a talented beauty! Just look at that design! So chic and modern but with the right amount of tradition! Ladies, this feature is definitely something you can't miss if glam is what you seek! Head down to our gallery of today thanks to House of Talent Studio and have a glimpse of this beautiful celebration. 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?

Bride's Perspective:

 

Kayur was my best friend in our medical residency even though I was not his (hard to compete with Alexey). We laughed, went shopping, went to dinner, and made the 3 years of long work hours fun and full of laughter.

 

Months after residency, Kayur asked if I would go on a date with him. I laughed at the idea but then quickly realized he was being serious. I had heard rumors that he had a crush on me, but then again, he had a crush on every girl that walked by.

 

We went out to dinner (as we had done a million times), but this time I was nervous! Those nerves quickly flew out the door of Lavo when we took silly pictures together just like any other time. Then, after dinner, there was an unexpected surprise - a trip to the top of the world (or at least in New York it is) to the top of the Empire State Building. That was the beginning of our love story.

Groom's Perspective:

I met Aveena during my medical residency. We were in the same graduating class, but it was not until the middle of our intern year that we became friends. Two of my best friends during residency were Aveena and my dear friend, Alexey. Over the next three years of residency, Aveena and I became the best of friends. We both had our ups and downs during residency and like any good friendship, we had our fair share of arguments and fights in the stressful setting of grueling medical training.

As time went by, I got to know the type of person Aveena truly was. I was grateful to have a friend like Aveena by my side. She was sweet, caring, funny, intelligent, had a good head on her shoulders, and was always there for you.

When it comes to finding a potential partner in life, every individual has their checklist. Like most people, I had my mental checklist of what I was looking for in a wife. Aveena fulfilled that checklist.

Then, one day, the stars aligned. I was encouraged by most of my friends to ask Aveena out. We already had an amazing friendship and everyone knew I secretly liked her, so I finally asked her out months after the residency ended and after she moved back to Virginia (talk about bad timing on my part).

We dated and dated some more. We became even better friends. This time around, the girl was perfect; the girl met my checklist, and my date was able to fill the shoes of Aveena Kochar. My friends were happy for me and some were even shocked that I was mature enough to settle down and not be girl crazy for once. I had never felt this way about any girl in my entire life. I fell in love with my best friend. Now, I get to marry my best friend.

Our story speaks for itself; those that were along for the ride have seen our love grow and mature into something words cannot explain.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal was truly a surprise. I had no idea that Kayur was going to propose, but apparently everyone around me did! It was my birthday week (and Kayur knows this is the most important week of the year). My actual birthday was on a Wednesday, so I was excited to celebrate my birthday that weekend and was eager for a Saturday brunch with family and friends. I thought I had it all figured out and was convinced that Kayur was going to surprise me with a helicopter ride followed by a brunch at Meat Packing District's famous party brunch spot, Bagatelle. Kayur did a great job of playing along and gleefully admitted to the helicopter ride and Bagatelle brunch. However, he did say that he had one more surprise in the morning prior to the already known events. It was around 10:30 am on Saturday, December 16, 2017, when we left our apartment. Before we left (in true Kayur fashion), he fussed about how I needed to change my coat and wear a different beanie. He then went on to tuck my hair behind my ear (so that it wouldn't block my face for the surprise photographer) and complained that I was making us late (again).

I asked Kayur where we were going, but he would not share that information. However, as we proceeded to walk to the downtown 6 train station, I guessed that we were going to the Brooklyn Bridge, and he had no choice but to say "yes." Meanwhile, on the train, I had a mini panic attack and randomly said to Kayur, "I hope you're not proposing to me today. Are you proposing to me? Tell me you're not proposing. I am not ready to get married. Is the ring in this pocket?" Believe it or not, he was calm at this point and silent, though he was probably having a major panic attack within. Anyone that knows Kayur knows that he was probably spazzing out internally. Calmly, he said, "why would you think that?" and then said, "no, it is in this pocket, but it is not a ring; I'll show it to you when we get off the train."

We finally got off the train and began our walk to the Brooklyn Bridge. He finally pulled out whatever he was hiding in his right coat pocket; it happened to be a thick red permanent Sharpie marker! He then asked me if I could guess what activity we were doing on the bridge with this marker. To his satisfaction (as he had predicted months before), I had no clue and did not know what the point of the Sharpie was. After a few minutes of walking, I was still puzzled. Eventually, I figured it out! Excitedly, I said, "love locks!" He smiled and nodded his head. The very first thing he did after was to gloat and rub in the fact that he was right when he predicted that I was not going to guess what the marker was for. He then told me that he got a special lock, which he was going to reveal later. At this point, I was only thinking about the lock and eager to go on the helicopter ride.

We continued walking on the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge when Kayur suddenly stopped. I turned my head slightly to the left and saw a photographer taking pictures. I said, "Kayur, there is someone taking pictures of us." Kayur replied, "I know; Aveena, there is no helicopter ride or brunch." Kayur turned me sideways (so that the photographer got the right angle), and got down on one knee.

After a heartfelt speech, a beautiful photoshoot, and a freezing walk across the bridge, the two of us enjoyed lunch at the River Cafe followed by yet another surprising celebration with our closest family and friends at our apartment which was covered with countless pictures of the two of us and rose petals. We popped champagne, had dessert, and continued the celebration through the evening/night!

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.
Wedding planning was rather a very challenging process for my husband and I. We were the wedding planners and then we hired a wedding day-of coordinator to execute our vision. Both my husband and I are extremely busy physicians with busy schedules. We are both perfectionists and wanted the wedding to be memorable, and thus, we wanted to plan every detail of our wedding ourselves. What made the wedding planning even more difficult is the fact that we lived in New York City and our wedding took place in Virginia. So, planning a wedding in another state was another challenge. However, we could not have wanted it any other way. We carefully selected our vendors after countless hours of phone calls, emails, and research to see who the best vendors in the area were and which vendors would execute our vision. This was not easy, but after going through an organized planning process and vetting each vendor, we found our venue and hired our vendors. Each of the vendors and the overall venues definitely fit our style/personalities. The vendor that was the most difficult to decide on was the "Day of Coordinator." We spoke to at least 15 different wedding planners/coordinators across the northeast part of the U.S. We wanted someone that was easy going, understanding, and respected our vision and plan, and Christine Godsey truly delivered! Given our busy schedules and living in New York, we had to be organized, disciplined, and efficient to execute a perfect wedding.

If we had one word to describe what we wanted our wedding day to be like, it would be MEMORABLE. We wanted our guests to fondly remember the fun memories that they made during "Aveena and Kayur’s" wedding weekend.  We wanted the wedding to be unique, not traditionally Indian, and individualized to cater to our guests and represent our personalities.  We wanted to do things that other couples haven’t done before to stand out and be remembered in our guests’ minds, so we personalized every little detail. We strived for perfection and our goal was for a guest to see “Aveena” and “Kayur” everywhere they looked. We personalized everything from signage to décor to cocktail napkins to food. That was the key. We wanted a laid back yet elegant feel to the weekend and wanted our guests to feel loved, comfortable, and relaxed. Indian weddings can be stressful and overwhelming for guests, but we wanted to make sure they had time to themselves to enjoy the resort as well!

Our Friday event ("Welcome Soiree / Dinner")was at Fleetwood Farm and Winery which is a relatively new winery in the Northern Virginia area and is about 4 years old.  We wanted Friday to be different from a traditional Sangeet or Garba that is common for Punjabi and Gujarati weddings, respectively.  Fleetwood has a beautiful traditional house with a tasting room that we used for our cocktail hour with an outdoor patio, a large lawn great for lawn games like cornhole and Jenga, and a large indoor/outdoor pavilion where dinner, speeches, and dancing occurred.  We loved taking pictures in the vineyards, the archway, and multiple different areas around the property prior to our event. Our overall experience with Fleetwood Winery was amazing. They were exceptional and the venue was everything we had hoped for.

Lansdowne Resort and Spa is a beautiful resort and spa in Leesburg, Virginia.  For our wedding, we wanted our guests to relax, enjoy some fresh Virginia air, and enjoy a weekend getaway. Lansdowne offers several pools, a golf course, a spa, and many other amenities all while being conveniently located near Dulles International Airport and Washington, D.C. for our many guests traveling from out of town. The resort offered both indoor and outdoor spaces which allowed us to have a beautiful and intimate outdoor wedding ceremony, a combined indoor/outdoor cocktail hour, and an elegant, classy indoor wedding reception in their largest ballroom.  We wanted our guests to have the convenience of being able to walk from their rooms to the events located around Lansdowne, and with majority of our guests staying at the resort, it was wonderful to see both sides of our families and our friends meeting each other at various places around the resort-like mingling by the pool, chatting in the lobby, or drinking at the hotel bar together. We LOVED Lansdowne and everything turned out perfectly.

My overall experience with the Hair & Makeup was very positive. I could not have asked for a better Hair & Makeup Artist, Caitlyn Meyer (https://www.caitlynmeyer.com/). I received several compliments from friends and family and the hair and makeup were done the way I had imagined it. I later found out that Caitlyn Meyer has also done makeup for various celebrities including Eva Longoria!

I feel that my biggest accomplishment, however, was selecting our decorator. I wanted something different and something unique, memorable, and not traditional. I wanted our decor to be classy and elegant, and Geteey Omar from Platinum Wedding & Décor (http://platinumweddingsva.com/) delivered just that. Our wedding ceremony and reception decor left my husband and me along with our guests speechless. The decor was beyond classy and beautiful and will be unforgettable.

We didn’t have a specific color scheme.  Our decorations were mostly white, light pink, with some gold.  We wanted a fresh and clean look with a bit of bedazzle. The unique centerpieces had a mixture of fresh orchids, roses, and greens. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My wedding and reception outfits were custom designed by myself and created by my tailor in New Delhi, India.

For our Friday pre-wedding Welcome Soiree, I wore a floral, net midi-dress with a strappy back and strappy shoes.

For the wedding ceremony, I wore a high-low, light pink suit which was atypical from the traditional red worn by Indian brides.

For the wedding reception, I wore a unique, self-designed three-tiered Lengha bottom with a long-cape sleeve choli top (with gold tassels) paired with Valentino sandals.

Bride's shoes:

Welcome Dinner: Giuseppe Zanotti
Wedding Ceremony: Badgley Mischka
Wedding Reception: Valentino

Bride’s Jewelry:

My wedding reception jewelry was a gift from my parents and worn by my mom at her own wedding.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved MANY things about our wedding, but the top things they loved and the top compliments we continue to receive are as follows:

 

1. Décor! This has by far been the number one compliment we have received. Some say guests remember the food and music, but our guests have been talking about our décor. Our guests have told us that they were speechless when they saw our décor in the main reception ballroom. Honestly, we were speechless when we saw it. Our decorator did an incredible job from start to finish. From the ceremony florals to the ceremony aisle décor to the centerpieces at the reception to the entrance table to the fresh flowers on our wedding cake to the bride/groom stage, the décor was left everyone speechless. The décor definitely exemplified the elegance and classy personality of the bride and groom.

2. Our guests loved how well organized our wedding weekend was with most guests stating that this was the most organized and timely fashioned wedding they had ever been to.

3. Our guests LOVED our pre-wedding event, which took place at a local Winery! The event was not a traditional Sangeet or Garba, but was a more relaxed and fun Welcome Soiree/Dinner!

4. The CAKE and food! Guests could not stop talking about how delicious the cake was and the food that was served the entire weekend! Our food selection for both days was creative, fun, and tasty.

5. Our Emcees! Our guest loved the reception program and emcees who did an amazing job hosting the reception program and kept the crowd entertained for the entire duration with old pictures/videos of the bride and groom and jokes/stories about the bride and groom.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The Emcees and the first dance! The Emcees (bride’s brother and groom’s best friend) put on an incredible show and kept the crowd entertained and hosted a well thought out program from emotional speeches to dances and jokes about the bride and groom! The first dance was memorable because it is exactly how we pictured it and planned it. It was sweet, slow, and personal in the beginning, and then transitioned into an upbeat party song which transitioned into the opening of the dance floor with all the guests coming to join the couple on the dance floor to dance/party.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy wedding planning! It is a very difficult and stressful time in a couple’s life (especially if the bride and groom are planning every detail of the big day), but try to enjoy wedding planning and make it fun regardless of how hard it is. We planned our wedding down to a “T” in a state we do not live in and it ended up being spectacular. Wedding planning included months of stress, arguments, and frequent travel down to Virginia where the wedding was going to take place. It was not easy planning a wedding from another state, but we never gave up and we made sure every aspect/detail of the wedding was accounted for. The bride and groom are both perfectionists and wanted to throw a memorable party for their guests. However, try to enjoy wedding planning because it should be fun (easier said than done)!

Another piece of advice is to know that your wedding will never be perfect despite how hard you plan and how hard your vendors try. There will always be imperfections but know that those imperfections will only be known to you and not your guests. No wedding is perfect and things may go wrong, but we learned to embrace the imperfections and our wedding weekend still ended up being pure and perfect in our own eyes. Make the most of your wedding planning process and wedding day because it goes by FAST.

We think that the most important lesson we learned is that even after all of the superficial and materialistic details that go into the creation of a beautiful wedding weekend, the only thing that matters is the end result, that we married each other. The goal of a wedding is to marry the person you love and everything else (décor, entertainment, food, music, and dancing) is second. At the end of the day, you married the person you fell in love with in front of your closest friends and family members and that lesson is priceless.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
While we tried to respect tradition, we also individualized and personalized our wedding to a “T.”  Our welcome bags included a welcome message, Kayur and Aveena’s favorite snacks, a “nutrition facts” card to explain all the items, an itinerary, and a list of phone numbers for our guests’ convenience.  For our pre-wedding event, we opted for a “Welcome Soiree” at a winery instead of a traditional Garba or Sangeet.

Additionally, I joined the Groom’s Baraat which is a new and slowly upcoming trend in modern-day Indian weddings (also known as a Bridal Baraat). I entered on a golf cart with bubble guns and performed a surprise dance with Kayur’s groomsmen. Each of the groomsmen also had a bubble gun. We had never seen bubble guns used before during a Baraat, so that was new for us and our guests. Usually, colored powder guns are commonplace, but bubble guns were definitely a new, fun, and creative idea!

We had a traditional Sikh ceremony, but it was outside at the resort with a Mandap and a beautiful scenic backdrop of the mountains in the middle of the afternoon which is very different from the traditional morning Sikh wedding in the Gurudwara.  Traditionally, there is a long break between the wedding and the reception, but we only had 3 hours between them.

 

Lastly, we made our first and main entrance into the cocktail hour which we had not seen at any other wedding before as the bride and groom typically are very busy and never end up making it to cocktail hour. However, this was very important to us and we wanted to make a special appearance and dramatic entrance into cocktail hour to greet and mingle with our guests before the start of the formal reception!

What made our day/weekend unique was the degree of personalization.  We tried to incorporate new ideas and personalize traditional ones. We have never seen a Caricature Artist in any of the weddings we have ever been to in our life, so we thought this would be creative and unique, and also a nice memento/favor for our guests at the Welcome Dinner. Furthermore, Indian Weddings usually have a traditional Sangeet/Garba the day before the wedding. In our case, we had a Welcome Soiree Dinner the day before our wedding.

Our guestbook was a Birthday Calendar (instead of a traditional guestbook) so that guests could write/sign their names on their actual birthday!

Many Baraats have colored guns, but we chose to have bubble guns instead during our Baraat. 

The two most special considerations we want to share are our Welcome Bags and Cocktail Napkins (pictures will need to be added). First, we had personalized cocktail napkins. Now, you may think that every couple does this, which is very true, but we liked ours because we had 6 different cocktail napkin designs. We had 5 different colored cocktail napkins with creative wedding quotes/phrases that represented us (“Love,” “YAY!”, “Best Day Ever,” etc.) in addition to our names or initials with our wedding date below each quote (“Aveena and Kayur July 27, 2019,” “#AveKay 7.27.19,” “A & K est. 7/27/19”). The most creative cocktail napkin we had was our sixth design, which was “Cheers to the Bride & Groom” with our Bitmoji pictures! We thought it would be cute and creative to depict our animated selves so that guests could talk about it.

We had a 4-tiered cake with three different flavors: Pina Colada (cake infused with pineapples and coconut pieces), Vanilla Cake with Toasted Coconut and Rasberry filling, Carmelicious (butterscotch cake with caramel cream cheese).

Our Friday Soiree was American food with an Indian influence. The hors d’oeuvres included items like chicken tikka masala wraps, spicy lamb sliders, mini shrimp tacos, avocado toast bites, and mini masala dosas paired with signature cocktails which were a Frose topped with lemon sorbet and melon lemonade.  Dinner consisted of American with an Indian influenced entrée (“Thali”).

The wedding reception food started with a cocktail hour which included a unique Aam Palak Chaat station, Bhel Puri served in cones, Pani Puri shots, Tandoori shrimp with mango salsa, chili paneer, and lamb chops. The dinner included traditional Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala and dal makhani paired with a unique Shaam Savera paneer dish and Nilgiri lamb.

During the wedding reception, we had an assortment of Indian and American desserts. In addition to our popular cake, we had traditional Indian desserts such as Gulab Jamun, Ras Malai, and Kulfi Ice Cream with Falooda. We also had Chocolate Mousse cups and chocolate tulips.

During our Welcome Soiree, we had an epic Ice Cream Truck, Wonderment Bakeshop, and Creamery, come to the Winery and deliver different flavored ice cream cookie sandwiches to our guests! Guests enjoyed dessert by going up to the ice cream truck and picking out whatever flavor they liked. Our flavors included:

1.      Vanilla Bean with chocolate chip cookies
2.      Mint chocolate chip with chocolate cookies
3.      Blueberry ice cream with lemon sugar cookies
4.      Cookie dough with chocolate chip cookies
5.      Tiramisu with chocolate cookies
6.      Toasted coconut with sugar cookies

 

Amazing wasn't it? More to come! 

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Catering: IndAroma | Photography: House of Talent Studio | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | Planning & Design: CG & Co Events | Sangeet Venue: Fleetwood Farm Winery | Ceremony Venue: Lansdowne Resort and Spa | Reception Venue: Lansdowne Resort and Spa | Floral & Decor: Platinum Wedding & Decor | Hair & Makeup: Caitlyn Meyer Professional Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist | DJ: Extra Hot DJs | Bridal Fashion: Bride's Design | Bridal Jewelry: A gift from Bride's Parents | Cakes & Treats: Edibles Incredible Desserts | Fireworks: A2Z Music Factory | Lighting: Extra Hot DJs | Mehndi Artist: Naseem’s Henna and Art | Photo Booth: Exclusively Entertainment | Tuxedos: Book A Tailor | Welcome Dinner: Heirloom Catering & Event Styling | Starlit Dance Floor: Stellar LLC | Caricature Artist: Caricature Artists Group


Leesburg, VA Contemporary Fusion Wedding by House of Talent Studio

Hey there, beauty queens! Today we have something special for your beautiful selves. Most of our brides spend weeks trying to find the saree of their dreams. All details matter. The fabric, color, and design are just some of the aspects to take into consideration to choose one. For this feature, we have a truly talented and beautiful Maharani that single-handedly designed her attires for the ceremonies. She is Aveena, and we are so in love with her style. As we will see, the pink tones of the saree used for the main ceremony were just amazing. She was absolutely glowing! No wonder why the handsome Raja Kayur fell head over heels for this princess. So much to see and absorb, ladies! To get those ideas going, our friends from House of Talent Studio were kind enough to share with us the lovely picture gallery of everything that went on at The Lansdowne Resort and Spa.  Are you ready?  

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?

Bride's Perspective:

 

Kayur was my best friend in our medical residency even though I was not his (hard to compete with Alexey). We laughed, went shopping, went to dinner, and made the 3 years of long work hours fun and full of laughter.

 

Months after residency, Kayur asked if I would go on a date with him. I laughed at the idea but then quickly realized he was being serious. I had heard rumors that he had a crush on me, but then again, he had a crush on every girl that walked by.

 

We went out to dinner (as we had done a million times), but this time I was nervous! Those nerves quickly flew out the door of Lavo when we took silly pictures together just like any other time. Then, after dinner, there was an unexpected surprise - a trip to the top of the world (or at least in New York it is) to the top of the Empire State Building. That was the beginning of our love story.

Groom's Perspective:

I met Aveena during my medical residency. We were in the same graduating class, but it was not until the middle of our intern year that we became friends. Two of my best friends during residency were Aveena and my dear friend, Alexey. Over the next three years of residency, Aveena and I became the best of friends. We both had our ups and downs during residency and like any good friendship, we had our fair share of arguments and fights in the stressful setting of grueling medical training.

As time went by, I got to know the type of person Aveena truly was. I was grateful to have a friend like Aveena by my side. She was sweet, caring, funny, intelligent, had a good head on her shoulders, and was always there for you.

When it comes to finding a potential partner in life, every individual has their checklist. Like most people, I had my mental checklist of what I was looking for in a wife. Aveena fulfilled that checklist.

Then, one day, the stars aligned. I was encouraged by most of my friends to ask Aveena out. We already had an amazing friendship and everyone knew I secretly liked her, so I finally asked her out months after the residency ended and after she moved back to Virginia (talk about bad timing on my part).

We dated and dated some more. We became even better friends. This time around, the girl was perfect; the girl met my checklist, and my date was able to fill the shoes of Aveena Kochar. My friends were happy for me and some were even shocked that I was mature enough to settle down and not be girl crazy for once. I had never felt this way about any girl in my entire life. I fell in love with my best friend. Now, I get to marry my best friend.

Our story speaks for itself; those that were along for the ride have seen our love grow and mature into something words cannot explain.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal was truly a surprise. I had no idea that Kayur was going to propose, but apparently everyone around me did! It was my birthday week (and Kayur knows this is the most important week of the year). My actual birthday was on a Wednesday, so I was excited to celebrate my birthday that weekend and was eager for a Saturday brunch with family and friends. I thought I had it all figured out and was convinced that Kayur was going to surprise me with a helicopter ride followed by a brunch at Meat Packing District's famous party brunch spot, Bagatelle. Kayur did a great job of playing along and gleefully admitted to the helicopter ride and Bagatelle brunch. However, he did say that he had one more surprise in the morning prior to the already known events. It was around 10:30 am on Saturday, December 16, 2017, when we left our apartment. Before we left (in true Kayur fashion), he fussed about how I needed to change my coat and wear a different beanie. He then went on to tuck my hair behind my ear (so that it wouldn't block my face for the surprise photographer) and complained that I was making us late (again).

I asked Kayur where we were going, but he would not share that information. However, as we proceeded to walk to the downtown 6 train station, I guessed that we were going to the Brooklyn Bridge, and he had no choice but to say "yes." Meanwhile, on the train, I had a mini panic attack and randomly said to Kayur, "I hope you're not proposing to me today. Are you proposing to me? Tell me you're not proposing. I am not ready to get married. Is the ring in this pocket?" Believe it or not, he was calm at this point and silent, though he was probably having a major panic attack within. Anyone that knows Kayur knows that he was probably spazzing out internally. Calmly, he said, "why would you think that?" and then said, "no, it is in this pocket, but it is not a ring; I'll show it to you when we get off the train."

We finally got off the train and began our walk to the Brooklyn Bridge. He finally pulled out whatever he was hiding in his right coat pocket; it happened to be a thick red permanent Sharpie marker! He then asked me if I could guess what activity we were doing on the bridge with this marker. To his satisfaction (as he had predicted months before), I had no clue and did not know what the point of the Sharpie was. After a few minutes of walking, I was still puzzled. Eventually, I figured it out! Excitedly, I said, "love locks!" He smiled and nodded his head. The very first thing he did after was to gloat and rub in the fact that he was right when he predicted that I was not going to guess what the marker was for. He then told me that he got a special lock, which he was going to reveal later. At this point, I was only thinking about the lock and eager to go on the helicopter ride.

We continued walking on the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge when Kayur suddenly stopped. I turned my head slightly to the left and saw a photographer taking pictures. I said, "Kayur, there is someone taking pictures of us." Kayur replied, "I know; Aveena, there is no helicopter ride or brunch." Kayur turned me sideways (so that the photographer got the right angle), and got down on one knee.

After a heartfelt speech, a beautiful photoshoot, and a freezing walk across the bridge, the two of us enjoyed lunch at the River Cafe followed by yet another surprising celebration with our closest family and friends at our apartment which was covered with countless pictures of the two of us and rose petals. We popped champagne, had dessert, and continued the celebration through the evening/night!

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.
Wedding planning was rather a very challenging process for my husband and I. We were the wedding planners and then we hired a wedding day-of coordinator to execute our vision. Both my husband and I are extremely busy physicians with busy schedules. We are both perfectionists and wanted the wedding to be memorable, and thus, we wanted to plan every detail of our wedding ourselves. What made the wedding planning even more difficult is the fact that we lived in New York City and our wedding took place in Virginia. So, planning a wedding in another state was another challenge. However, we could not have wanted it any other way. We carefully selected our vendors after countless hours of phone calls, emails, and research to see who the best vendors in the area were and which vendors would execute our vision. This was not easy, but after going through an organized planning process and vetting each vendor, we found our venue and hired our vendors. Each of the vendors and the overall venues definitely fit our style/personalities. The vendor that was the most difficult to decide on was the "Day of Coordinator." We spoke to at least 15 different wedding planners/coordinators across the northeast part of the U.S. We wanted someone that was easy going, understanding, and respected our vision and plan, and Christine Godsey truly delivered! Given our busy schedules and living in New York, we had to be organized, disciplined, and efficient to execute a perfect wedding.

If we had one word to describe what we wanted our wedding day to be like, it would be MEMORABLE. We wanted our guests to fondly remember the fun memories that they made during "Aveena and Kayur’s" wedding weekend.  We wanted the wedding to be unique, not traditionally Indian, and individualized to cater to our guests and represent our personalities.  We wanted to do things that other couples haven’t done before to stand out and be remembered in our guests’ minds, so we personalized every little detail. We strived for perfection and our goal was for a guest to see “Aveena” and “Kayur” everywhere they looked. We personalized everything from signage to décor to cocktail napkins to food. That was the key. We wanted a laid back yet elegant feel to the weekend and wanted our guests to feel loved, comfortable, and relaxed. Indian weddings can be stressful and overwhelming for guests, but we wanted to make sure they had time to themselves to enjoy the resort as well!

Our Friday event ("Welcome Soiree / Dinner")was at Fleetwood Farm and Winery which is a relatively new winery in the Northern Virginia area and is about 4 years old.  We wanted Friday to be different from a traditional Sangeet or Garba that is common for Punjabi and Gujarati weddings, respectively.  Fleetwood has a beautiful traditional house with a tasting room that we used for our cocktail hour with an outdoor patio, a large lawn great for lawn games like cornhole and Jenga, and a large indoor/outdoor pavilion where dinner, speeches, and dancing occurred.  We loved taking pictures in the vineyards, the archway, and multiple different areas around the property prior to our event. Our overall experience with Fleetwood Winery was amazing. They were exceptional and the venue was everything we had hoped for.

Lansdowne Resort and Spa is a beautiful resort and spa in Leesburg, Virginia.  For our wedding, we wanted our guests to relax, enjoy some fresh Virginia air, and enjoy a weekend getaway. Lansdowne offers several pools, a golf course, a spa, and many other amenities all while being conveniently located near Dulles International Airport and Washington, D.C. for our many guests traveling from out of town. The resort offered both indoor and outdoor spaces which allowed us to have a beautiful and intimate outdoor wedding ceremony, a combined indoor/outdoor cocktail hour, and an elegant, classy indoor wedding reception in their largest ballroom.  We wanted our guests to have the convenience of being able to walk from their rooms to the events located around Lansdowne, and with majority of our guests staying at the resort, it was wonderful to see both sides of our families and our friends meeting each other at various places around the resort-like mingling by the pool, chatting in the lobby, or drinking at the hotel bar together. We LOVED Lansdowne and everything turned out perfectly.

My overall experience with the Hair & Makeup was very positive. I could not have asked for a better Hair & Makeup Artist, Caitlyn Meyer (https://www.caitlynmeyer.com/). I received several compliments from friends and family and the hair and makeup were done the way I had imagined it. I later found out that Caitlyn Meyer has also done makeup for various celebrities including Eva Longoria!

I feel that my biggest accomplishment, however, was selecting our decorator. I wanted something different and something unique, memorable, and not traditional. I wanted our decor to be classy and elegant, and Geteey Omar from Platinum Wedding & Décor (http://platinumweddingsva.com/) delivered just that. Our wedding ceremony and reception decor left my husband and me along with our guests speechless. The decor was beyond classy and beautiful and will be unforgettable.

We didn’t have a specific color scheme.  Our decorations were mostly white, light pink, with some gold.  We wanted a fresh and clean look with a bit of bedazzle. The unique centerpieces had a mixture of fresh orchids, roses, and greens. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My wedding and reception outfits were custom designed by myself and created by my tailor in New Delhi, India.

For our Friday pre-wedding Welcome Soiree, I wore a floral, net midi-dress with a strappy back and strappy shoes.

For the wedding ceremony, I wore a high-low, light pink suit which was atypical from the traditional red worn by Indian brides.

For the wedding reception, I wore a unique, self-designed three-tiered Lengha bottom with a long-cape sleeve choli top (with gold tassels) paired with Valentino sandals.

Bride's shoes:

Welcome Dinner: Giuseppe Zanotti
Wedding Ceremony: Badgley Mischka
Wedding Reception: Valentino

Bride’s Jewelry:

My wedding reception jewelry was a gift from my parents and worn by my mom at her own wedding.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved MANY things about our wedding, but the top things they loved and the top compliments we continue to receive are as follows:

 

1. Décor! This has by far been the number one compliment we have received. Some say guests remember the food and music, but our guests have been talking about our décor. Our guests have told us that they were speechless when they saw our décor in the main reception ballroom. Honestly, we were speechless when we saw it. Our decorator did an incredible job from start to finish. From the ceremony florals to the ceremony aisle décor to the centerpieces at the reception to the entrance table to the fresh flowers on our wedding cake to the bride/groom stage, the décor was left everyone speechless. The décor definitely exemplified the elegance and classy personality of the bride and groom.

2. Our guests loved how well organized our wedding weekend was with most guests stating that this was the most organized and timely fashioned wedding they had ever been to.

3. Our guests LOVED our pre-wedding event, which took place at a local Winery! The event was not a traditional Sangeet or Garba, but was a more relaxed and fun Welcome Soiree/Dinner!

4. The CAKE and food! Guests could not stop talking about how delicious the cake was and the food that was served the entire weekend! Our food selection for both days was creative, fun, and tasty.

5. Our Emcees! Our guest loved the reception program and emcees who did an amazing job hosting the reception program and kept the crowd entertained for the entire duration with old pictures/videos of the bride and groom and jokes/stories about the bride and groom.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The Emcees and the first dance! The Emcees (bride’s brother and groom’s best friend) put on an incredible show and kept the crowd entertained and hosted a well thought out program from emotional speeches to dances and jokes about the bride and groom! The first dance was memorable because it is exactly how we pictured it and planned it. It was sweet, slow, and personal in the beginning, and then transitioned into an upbeat party song which transitioned into the opening of the dance floor with all the guests coming to join the couple on the dance floor to dance/party.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy wedding planning! It is a very difficult and stressful time in a couple’s life (especially if the bride and groom are planning every detail of the big day), but try to enjoy wedding planning and make it fun regardless of how hard it is. We planned our wedding down to a “T” in a state we do not live in and it ended up being spectacular. Wedding planning included months of stress, arguments, and frequent travel down to Virginia where the wedding was going to take place. It was not easy planning a wedding from another state, but we never gave up and we made sure every aspect/detail of the wedding was accounted for. The bride and groom are both perfectionists and wanted to throw a memorable party for their guests. However, try to enjoy wedding planning because it should be fun (easier said than done)!

Another piece of advice is to know that your wedding will never be perfect despite how hard you plan and how hard your vendors try. There will always be imperfections but know that those imperfections will only be known to you and not your guests. No wedding is perfect and things may go wrong, but we learned to embrace the imperfections and our wedding weekend still ended up being pure and perfect in our own eyes. Make the most of your wedding planning process and wedding day because it goes by FAST.

We think that the most important lesson we learned is that even after all of the superficial and materialistic details that go into the creation of a beautiful wedding weekend, the only thing that matters is the end result, that we married each other. The goal of a wedding is to marry the person you love and everything else (décor, entertainment, food, music, and dancing) is second. At the end of the day, you married the person you fell in love with in front of your closest friends and family members and that lesson is priceless.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
While we tried to respect tradition, we also individualized and personalized our wedding to a “T.”  Our welcome bags included a welcome message, Kayur and Aveena’s favorite snacks, a “nutrition facts” card to explain all the items, an itinerary, and a list of phone numbers for our guests’ convenience.  For our pre-wedding event, we opted for a “Welcome Soiree” at a winery instead of a traditional Garba or Sangeet.

Additionally, I joined the Groom’s Baraat which is a new and slowly upcoming trend in modern-day Indian weddings (also known as a Bridal Baraat). I entered on a golf cart with bubble guns and performed a surprise dance with Kayur’s groomsmen. Each of the groomsmen also had a bubble gun. We had never seen bubble guns used before during a Baraat, so that was new for us and our guests. Usually, colored powder guns are commonplace, but bubble guns were definitely a new, fun, and creative idea!

We had a traditional Sikh ceremony, but it was outside at the resort with a Mandap and a beautiful scenic backdrop of the mountains in the middle of the afternoon which is very different from the traditional morning Sikh wedding in the Gurudwara.  Traditionally, there is a long break between the wedding and the reception, but we only had 3 hours between them.

 

Lastly, we made our first and main entrance into the cocktail hour which we had not seen at any other wedding before as the bride and groom typically are very busy and never end up making it to cocktail hour. However, this was very important to us and we wanted to make a special appearance and dramatic entrance into cocktail hour to greet and mingle with our guests before the start of the formal reception!

What made our day/weekend unique was the degree of personalization.  We tried to incorporate new ideas and personalize traditional ones. We have never seen a Caricature Artist in any of the weddings we have ever been to in our life, so we thought this would be creative and unique, and also a nice memento/favor for our guests at the Welcome Dinner. Furthermore, Indian Weddings usually have a traditional Sangeet/Garba the day before the wedding. In our case, we had a Welcome Soiree Dinner the day before our wedding.

Our guestbook was a Birthday Calendar (instead of a traditional guestbook) so that guests could write/sign their names on their actual birthday!

Many Baraats have colored guns, but we chose to have bubble guns instead during our Baraat. 

The two most special considerations we want to share are our Welcome Bags and Cocktail Napkins (pictures will need to be added). First, we had personalized cocktail napkins. Now, you may think that every couple does this, which is very true, but we liked ours because we had 6 different cocktail napkin designs. We had 5 different colored cocktail napkins with creative wedding quotes/phrases that represented us (“Love,” “YAY!”, “Best Day Ever,” etc.) in addition to our names or initials with our wedding date below each quote (“Aveena and Kayur July 27, 2019,” “#AveKay 7.27.19,” “A & K est. 7/27/19”). The most creative cocktail napkin we had was our sixth design, which was “Cheers to the Bride & Groom” with our Bitmoji pictures! We thought it would be cute and creative to depict our animated selves so that guests could talk about it.

We had a 4-tiered cake with three different flavors: Pina Colada (cake infused with pineapples and coconut pieces), Vanilla Cake with Toasted Coconut and Rasberry filling, Carmelicious (butterscotch cake with caramel cream cheese).

Our Friday Soiree was American food with an Indian influence. The hors d’oeuvres included items like chicken tikka masala wraps, spicy lamb sliders, mini shrimp tacos, avocado toast bites, and mini masala dosas paired with signature cocktails which were a Frose topped with lemon sorbet and melon lemonade.  Dinner consisted of American with an Indian influenced entrée (“Thali”).

The wedding reception food started with a cocktail hour which included a unique Aam Palak Chaat station, Bhel Puri served in cones, Pani Puri shots, Tandoori shrimp with mango salsa, chili paneer, and lamb chops. The dinner included traditional Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala and dal makhani paired with a unique Shaam Savera paneer dish and Nilgiri lamb.

During the wedding reception, we had an assortment of Indian and American desserts. In addition to our popular cake, we had traditional Indian desserts such as Gulab Jamun, Ras Malai, and Kulfi Ice Cream with Falooda. We also had Chocolate Mousse cups and chocolate tulips.

During our Welcome Soiree, we had an epic Ice Cream Truck, Wonderment Bakeshop, and Creamery, come to the Winery and deliver different flavored ice cream cookie sandwiches to our guests! Guests enjoyed dessert by going up to the ice cream truck and picking out whatever flavor they liked. Our flavors included:

1.      Vanilla Bean with chocolate chip cookies
2.      Mint chocolate chip with chocolate cookies
3.      Blueberry ice cream with lemon sugar cookies
4.      Cookie dough with chocolate chip cookies
5.      Tiramisu with chocolate cookies
6.      Toasted coconut with sugar cookies

 

 

Stick around, the reception is coming! 

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Catering: IndAroma | Photography: House of Talent Studio | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | Planning & Design: CG & Co Events | Sangeet Venue: Fleetwood Farm Winery | Ceremony Venue: Lansdowne Resort and Spa | Reception Venue: Lansdowne Resort and Spa | Floral & Decor: Platinum Wedding & Decor | Hair & Makeup: Caitlyn Meyer Professional Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist | DJ: Extra Hot DJs | Bridal Fashion: Bride's Design | Bridal Jewelry: A gift from Bride's Parents | Cakes & Treats: Edibles Incredible Desserts | Fireworks: A2Z Music Factory | Lighting: Extra Hot DJs | Mehndi Artist: Naseem’s Henna and Art | Photo Booth: Exclusively Entertainment | Tuxedos: Book A Tailor | Welcome Dinner: Heirloom Catering & Event Styling | Starlit Dance Floor: Stellar LLC | Caricature Artist: Caricature Artists Group


Rolling Meadows, IL Indian Wedding by Rush Photography

Are you, ladies, ready for this purple toned reception? We hope you are because the gala, as we will see, was absolutely dazzling. I am so in love with all the beautiful periwinkle tones of the venue's decor! So elegant! And what about Maharani Anokhi's gorgeous reception dress? Breathtaking doesn't even begin to describe it! The Meadows Club was definitely glowing with these two and our friends from Rush Photography & Video Productions were there to capture it all. You immediately knew that everything was going to be amazing just by knowing that JSM Entertainment was the one in charge of the music. Seriously, with their artistry, entertainment was assured! So, ladies, let us go to part two of this amazing flair in today's gallery and get the party started. 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Pratik and I “met” in a group chat with mutual friends on AOL Instant Messenger in 2005. His AIM screen name was “the1nonly90” and I can still picture our conversations with his red font and black background. Given how young we were and that he was from the East Coast and I was in the Midwest, we never met in person. Neither of us quite remembers why, but as we got busier with high school and AIM lost its charm, we stopped keeping in touch with one another. We both went on our own separate ways to college and entered the working world.

Flash forward to 2016. Pratik adds me on Snapchat. I don’t think much of it, I add him back. One day he posts a Latin song on his Snapchat story. Without even realizing who had posted it, I immediately respond “What song is this? I need to have it!”. He responded and shared his Spotify playlist. We began Snapchatting and Snap-texting more frequently — eventually one day Pratik said “Why don’t you just text me? Here’ s my number”. It was then when I went to enter the phone number into my iPhone that I realized I had his number in my phone all along. Since 2005 it has been transferred over to every new phone I’ve ever used!

I texted him almost immediately - maybe I should have let him sweat it out a little, haha! That begins our hundreds of texts a day, which ultimately led to phone calls, video chats, and to me being absolutely smitten.

A couple of months later, I was going to Philly for a work conference and we’d talked about trying to get together since that was the closest I’d get to DC in the near future. Pratik said he really wanted to meet up, but he wouldn’t be able to because of work. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, but I also understood. I got to my hotel and in a matter of moments, he texted me to ask if I’d gotten to my room okay. He followed this with “Since I couldn’t be there in person, I sent something to the lobby for you - it should be there now if you want to go get it”. With my heart racing and full of excitement, I hurried down the hallway and into the elevator. As soon as I stepped into the lobby, I saw Pratik - it was in that moment that I knew he was absolutely “the1nonly” one for me — “the one”. Cliche, but he made me believe in love at first sight.

We ended up having a wonderful dinner (he’d made reservations already, I was impressed!) and chatting as we walked around the city. He asked me to describe my ideal date. I responded with “I just went on it” and the rest is history!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Pratik is a planner. I mean, one of the most organized people you will ever meet in your life. So it won’t surprise any of our friends to know he had a multi-page document outlining exactly how the proposal would go.

He had planned out every little detail. For weeks, everyone had been talking about this party we were all supposed to attend. Pratik conveniently had to run errands prior to the party, so one of my best friends offered to pick me up along the way. He even planned out an “impromptu” stop for the two of us to pick up some last-minute things for this “party”.

When we got to the party location, my friend suggested checking out a historic bridge right around the corner. We walked onto the bridge and stopped in the middle, where the view overlooks the water. Before I could comprehend what was happening, she was walking away and I felt a tap on my shoulder.

I turned around to find Pratik on one knee - I was overwhelmed to see the man of my dreams kneeling before me with a ring in his hand. He used the next few moments to describe our journey and the adventures yet to come. I don’t know that I even let him finish asking the question before I exclaimed “yes!”. He placed the beautifully selected ring on my shaking hand as I wiped away my happy tears. This moment was everything I could have ever dreamt of and more.

Like I said earlier, Pratik is a planner. So, he had arranged for a photographer to capture these memories as well as take additional pictures on the beautiful bridge and areas around it. It did not surprise me one bit when Pratik suggested we head to another location to take a few more photos before wrapping up.

We pulled up to our neighborhood clubhouse to take a few pictures inside. As soon as I opened the door, I was greeted with a joyous “SURPRISE!” from a large group of our closest family and friends. Pratik, being the thoughtful man he is, had even reached out to some of my college friends who live in the area to attend. We celebrated with all of my favorite things - our family and friends, pizza, and cupcakes and cookies specially designed for our engagement by one of our talented friends. It truly was a day and night to remember!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Selecting our outfits was quite the task. Pratik and I had talked about what sort of look we were going for — I wanted a dark maroon outfit with just the right amount of bling and Pratik wanted something that looked regal.  Pratik was planning on getting his outfit custom made after I selected mine, so we spent the first few days in India looking at all of my options. Pastel colors were in during the time we were shopping, so I was starting to lose faith in finding an outfit that I loved and felt like a bride in. On our fifth day, Pratik and I went to the shops alone. We were looking at some wedding outfits when Pratik saw the dress. I instantly tried it on and did not want to take it off. That’s when I knew this dress was the dress - it was the right color, had the royal look we were going for, shined just right in the light, and was the perfect piece to compliment Pratik’s custom outfit.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Based on the compliments we’ve been getting, there are a few things guests really appreciated during our wedding weekend.

First, everything was on time! It’s amazing how much planning goes into a wedding - we made a few changes to accommodate the schedule as things came up, but we made sure not to cause any disruption in the guest experience.

Second, the hospitality. We had to book two different hotel blocks due to the number of guests - but made sure that every guest had everything they needed, especially lots of snacks! There were even to-go containers at breakfast and snack time for those who needed to take things up to their rooms or for their kids.

Lastly, the entire vibe of the weekend. It was clear that Pratik and I had taken the time to plan every detail so that we could enjoy the festivities and focus on us and our marriage - not just the wedding. We had a TON of fun with a lot of dancing involved - many guests told us they were impressed with the amount of energy and zeal Pratik and I exhibited all weekend despite the few hours of sleep we got. We had been planning for this weekend for a long time, so it was an absolute blast celebrating - as you can see by the smiles on our faces!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My words of wisdom came from my dad as we were nearing the beginning of our wedding weekend. He said to me: “Let things go and just enjoy it now!”. It was the perfect advice. No matter what little detail inevitably gets missed, no one else will really notice — and by the time you notice, it might be too late to change it anyway. Instead of getting worked up about it, just let it go and ENJOY. In the grand scheme of things, it won’t matter. What will matter is that you are marrying the love of your life surrounded by all of the people who care about you. They are all there to celebrate your love, so let your love be the aura that fills the room - not the perfectly placed candle or rosette tablecloth. If you struggle with this, like I do (ha!) - try your best to delegate. Delegate to your best friend(s), siblings, literally anyone you trust to make decisions on your behalf during your big weekend. It will help ease your mind so you can soak it all in and enjoy it!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I love wedding cake. I often joke with my friends that I’m only attending their wedding receptions for cake (I’m mostly joking!). As you can imagine, I was extremely excited to choose our wedding cake - both the decorations and the flavors. We tasted some delightful cakes at the Baking Institute and ended up choosing two flavors: white with lemon French custard filling and chocolate with vanilla Bavarian cream. For the decor, we wanted to go with a simple, yet royal look. We opted for an all-white cake with gold accents. Instead of a topper, we asked the bakery to create our logo in gold fondant. In between the layers with clean-cut designs, we asked for them to write out our wedding date in Roman Numerals, also in gold. When I got to the reception, I was in awe of how perfect the cake turned out - it was beautiful! I know not all people are cake people, so in addition to the cake, we selected a variety of pastries for our guests to enjoy. Both the cake and pastries were a hit at the reception - we still have people coming up to us telling us how good the dessert was!

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Mehndi Artists: Henna Moments | DJ: JSM Entertainment | Baraat: JSM Entertainment | Photography: Rush Photography & Video Productions | Ceremony Venue: The Meadows Club | Reception Venue: The Meadows Club | Event Coordination: Glamour and Lace Events | Floral & Decor: Dream Occasions | Hair & Makeup: Hair and Makeup by Hiral Vyas | Cakes & Treats: The Baking Institute | Cinematography: Rush Photography & Video Productions | Photo Booth: Rush Photography & Video Productions | Transportation: Prestige Exotics


Rolling Meadows, IL Indian Wedding by Rush Photography

Love! What an amazing feeling. Whoever has felt it knows how mysterious and beautiful it is. For that reason, we love to share love stories that give you inspiration, ladies, not only for the celebration but also about love itself. Today, we have an enchanting pair that we are so loving because of their style and taste. They are Anokhi & Pratik and they come from beautiful Illinois. Their ceremony was a traditional flair with all the contemporary elements that make our weddings shine. Color, family, dancing, all of it there to celebrate the milestone! If there is one thing that totally moved me, that was Maharani Anokhi's gorgeous fashion sense. Just look at that beautiful mehndi design by Henna Moments! So perfect for her! So much going on, ladies, be sure not to miss all the details in today's gallery thanks to Rush Photography & Video Productions.   

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Pratik and I “met” in a group chat with mutual friends on AOL Instant Messenger in 2005. His AIM screen name was “the1nonly90” and I can still picture our conversations with his red font and black background. Given how young we were and that he was from the East Coast and I was in the Midwest, we never met in person. Neither of us quite remembers why, but as we got busier with high school and AIM lost its charm, we stopped keeping in touch with one another. We both went on our own separate ways to college and entered the working world.

Flash forward to 2016. Pratik adds me on Snapchat. I don’t think much of it, I add him back. One day he posts a Latin song on his Snapchat story. Without even realizing who had posted it, I immediately respond “What song is this? I need to have it!”. He responded and shared his Spotify playlist. We began Snapchatting and Snap-texting more frequently — eventually one day Pratik said “Why don’t you just text me? Here’ s my number”. It was then when I went to enter the phone number into my iPhone that I realized I had his number in my phone all along. Since 2005 it has been transferred over to every new phone I’ve ever used!

I texted him almost immediately - maybe I should have let him sweat it out a little, haha! That begins our hundreds of texts a day, which ultimately led to phone calls, video chats, and to me being absolutely smitten.

A couple of months later, I was going to Philly for a work conference and we’d talked about trying to get together since that was the closest I’d get to DC in the near future. Pratik said he really wanted to meet up, but he wouldn’t be able to because of work. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, but I also understood. I got to my hotel and in a matter of moments, he texted me to ask if I’d gotten to my room okay. He followed this with “Since I couldn’t be there in person, I sent something to the lobby for you - it should be there now if you want to go get it”. With my heart racing and full of excitement, I hurried down the hallway and into the elevator. As soon as I stepped into the lobby, I saw Pratik - it was in that moment that I knew he was absolutely “the1nonly” one for me — “the one”. Cliche, but he made me believe in love at first sight.

We ended up having a wonderful dinner (he’d made reservations already, I was impressed!) and chatting as we walked around the city. He asked me to describe my ideal date. I responded with “I just went on it” and the rest is history!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Pratik is a planner. I mean, one of the most organized people you will ever meet in your life. So it won’t surprise any of our friends to know he had a multi-page document outlining exactly how the proposal would go.

He had planned out every little detail. For weeks, everyone had been talking about this party we were all supposed to attend. Pratik conveniently had to run errands prior to the party, so one of my best friends offered to pick me up along the way. He even planned out an “impromptu” stop for the two of us to pick up some last-minute things for this “party”.

When we got to the party location, my friend suggested checking out a historic bridge right around the corner. We walked onto the bridge and stopped in the middle, where the view overlooks the water. Before I could comprehend what was happening, she was walking away and I felt a tap on my shoulder.

I turned around to find Pratik on one knee - I was overwhelmed to see the man of my dreams kneeling before me with a ring in his hand. He used the next few moments to describe our journey and the adventures yet to come. I don’t know that I even let him finish asking the question before I exclaimed “yes!”. He placed the beautifully selected ring on my shaking hand as I wiped away my happy tears. This moment was everything I could have ever dreamt of and more.

Like I said earlier, Pratik is a planner. So, he had arranged for a photographer to capture these memories as well as take additional pictures on the beautiful bridge and areas around it. It did not surprise me one bit when Pratik suggested we head to another location to take a few more photos before wrapping up.

We pulled up to our neighborhood clubhouse to take a few pictures inside. As soon as I opened the door, I was greeted with a joyous “SURPRISE!” from a large group of our closest family and friends. Pratik, being the thoughtful man he is, had even reached out to some of my college friends who live in the area to attend. We celebrated with all of my favorite things - our family and friends, pizza, and cupcakes and cookies specially designed for our engagement by one of our talented friends. It truly was a day and night to remember!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Selecting our outfits was quite the task. Pratik and I had talked about what sort of look we were going for — I wanted a dark maroon outfit with just the right amount of bling and Pratik wanted something that looked regal.  Pratik was planning on getting his outfit custom made after I selected mine, so we spent the first few days in India looking at all of my options. Pastel colors were in during the time we were shopping, so I was starting to lose faith in finding an outfit that I loved and felt like a bride in. On our fifth day, Pratik and I went to the shops alone. We were looking at some wedding outfits when Pratik saw the dress. I instantly tried it on and did not want to take it off. That’s when I knew this dress was the dress - it was the right color, had the royal look we were going for, shined just right in the light, and was the perfect piece to compliment Pratik’s custom outfit.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Based on the compliments we’ve been getting, there are a few things guests really appreciated during our wedding weekend.

First, everything was on time! It’s amazing how much planning goes into a wedding - we made a few changes to accommodate the schedule as things came up, but we made sure not to cause any disruption in the guest experience.

Second, the hospitality. We had to book two different hotel blocks due to the number of guests - but made sure that every guest had everything they needed, especially lots of snacks! There were even to-go containers at breakfast and snack time for those who needed to take things up to their rooms or for their kids.

Lastly, the entire vibe of the weekend. It was clear that Pratik and I had taken the time to plan every detail so that we could enjoy the festivities and focus on us and our marriage - not just the wedding. We had a TON of fun with a lot of dancing involved - many guests told us they were impressed with the amount of energy and zeal Pratik and I exhibited all weekend despite the few hours of sleep we got. We had been planning for this weekend for a long time, so it was an absolute blast celebrating - as you can see by the smiles on our faces!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My words of wisdom came from my dad as we were nearing the beginning of our wedding weekend. He said to me: “Let things go and just enjoy it now!”. It was the perfect advice. No matter what little detail inevitably gets missed, no one else will really notice — and by the time you notice, it might be too late to change it anyway. Instead of getting worked up about it, just let it go and ENJOY. In the grand scheme of things, it won’t matter. What will matter is that you are marrying the love of your life surrounded by all of the people who care about you. They are all there to celebrate your love, so let your love be the aura that fills the room - not the perfectly placed candle or rosette tablecloth. If you struggle with this, like I do (ha!) - try your best to delegate. Delegate to your best friend(s), siblings, literally anyone you trust to make decisions on your behalf during your big weekend. It will help ease your mind so you can soak it all in and enjoy it!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I love wedding cake. I often joke with my friends that I’m only attending their wedding receptions for cake (I’m mostly joking!). As you can imagine, I was extremely excited to choose our wedding cake - both the decorations and the flavors. We tasted some delightful cakes at the Baking Institute and ended up choosing two flavors: white with lemon French custard filling and chocolate with vanilla Bavarian cream. For the decor, we wanted to go with a simple, yet royal look. We opted for an all-white cake with gold accents. Instead of a topper, we asked the bakery to create our logo in gold fondant. In between the layers with clean-cut designs, we asked for them to write out our wedding date in Roman Numerals, also in gold. When I got to the reception, I was in awe of how perfect the cake turned out - it was beautiful! I know not all people are cake people, so in addition to the cake, we selected a variety of pastries for our guests to enjoy. Both the cake and pastries were a hit at the reception - we still have people coming up to us telling us how good the dessert was!

Second installment coming in no time! 

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Mehndi Artists: Henna Moments | DJ: JSM Entertainment | Baraat: JSM Entertainment | Photography: Rush Photography & Video Productions | Ceremony Venue: The Meadows Club | Reception Venue: The Meadows Club | Event Coordination: Glamour and Lace Events | Floral & Decor: Dream Occasions | Hair & Makeup: Hair and Makeup by Hiral Vyas | Cakes & Treats: The Baking Institute | Cinematography: Rush Photography & Video Productions | Photo Booth: Rush Photography & Video Productions | Transportation: Prestige Exotics


Springfield, PA Pakistani Wedding by KetaNuva Studios

After the heartfelt Shaadi ceremony came to an end, it was time to move the party to Pennsylvania for the Walima celebration. Nadia & Saad definitely knew what they wanted and all the lavish decor and sparkly attires were so gorgeous that it almost seemed like an extension of their personalities! So amazing! The Springfield Country Club was looking at its very best to house these two lovebirds and their guests and as we will see, the couple couldn't have chosen a better venue for their gala. So majestic! What was also majestic was our couples fashion choices. Believe me, if their taste doesn't say style at it's finest, nothing will! So, ladies, enough with words and let us get to the enchanting images for today's gallery brought to us by none other than KetaNuva Studios! Let's go!  

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More of this color fueled bash? Stick around for part two! 

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Summer
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Venues: Springfield Country Club | Photography: KetaNuva Studios | Mehendi Venue: Radisson Hotel Corning | Shaadi Venue: Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel | Mehendi & Shaadi Makeup: Makeup by Iram | Walima Makeup: Sumaiya Waheed Makeup Artist | Shaadi Cake Catering: Scratch Bakeshop | Walima Cake Catering: Ultimate Bake Shoppe Wayne | Cinematography: Yu Studios | Bridal Shopping: Sania Maskatiya


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