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Columbus, OH South Indian Wedding by Jobst Media

Elegance, what a word! Some couples seek it, other couples just have it within. Divya & Shwetabh are one of those couples that effortlessly came up looking absolutely dazzling. The color palette these two lovebirds chose for their spree is truly an ode to taste. The light pastel colors contrasting with the strong and lively features of gold are definitely something to look at and were even present in the great sweet piece of art that Short North Piece of Cake created for the event. After the gorgeous ceremony came to an end, the now newlyweds headed to Greater Columbus Convention Center for the incredibly amazing reception. The outfits chosen for cocktails were to die for. Maharani Divya turned into a glittering Hindu princess wearing this maroon velvet modern choli with a floral lengha skirt that knocked every one of their feet, that without mentioning Raja Shwetabh's suit of course! A grand couple deserved a grand event and we have that here. So, let's wait no longer and head down to our gallery of today, courtesy of Jobst Media.   

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Shwe and I met at SkyZone in Columbus, OH when I was home after graduation.  Our dear friends, Meera and Chintal asked us to go because Chintal's younger brother was in town.  It was not a set up (or so we think) but both of us happened to be invited.  We all started playing dodgeball about an hour into the outing.  Shwe threw the ball, I got hit in the face, my nose started bleeding and the rest is history. I moved to NYC at the end of that summer and Shwe followed a year later. We were still just friends at the time. My Dad came to visit me in the fall for a conference, and Shwe came to a bar to meet us for a drink. I could barely get a word in the entire time. Shwe and my Dad hit it off instantly. I did not realize it at the time, but that is definitely how I knew he was "the one". It was so effortless and just felt right. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Shwe asked my friend Shriya to take me to brunch at Augustine, a restaurant connected to the Beekman Hotel in NYC.  It was Sunday, January 14th and I thought Shriya and I were out for Sunday Funday for brunch and shopping.  After we ate, Shriya asked if I need to use the restroom.  We proceeded to go into the Beekman Hotel basement where the restrooms are located, and at bottom of the stairs stood Shwe all dressed up in a velvet blazer, bowtie, and slacks. I immediately started crying and was completely shocked.  Our friend Preston was there to catch the moment live on video and camera.  After the proposal, I wanted to call my parents immediately.  Shwe said to hold on a bit because he wanted us to take some pictures and show me the second location he had in mind to propose.  When we walked into the second place - the Public Hotel - we proceeded to go up the escalator and there stood both of our parents and our siblings. The tears didn't stop flowing that day!
 
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.
A great wedding planner and a support system including family and friends are key especially when planning a wedding, even more so when it’s in a city that you do not live in. My mom coordinated the in-person meetings and I did most of the planning remotely, via email, phone calls and weekend trips home. The Knot is a great resource for local vendors, I found my awesome hair and makeup team on there. We also attended a few wedding expos, we found our decorator at one that was specifically for Indian weddings. Our family friend Preethi, who is more like an older sister, with my mom and sisters in law helped me finalize the themes for the decor and really handled all of our walkthroughs and meetings.  We chose the colors based on the outfits that Shwe and I would be wearing and our card inserts matched the theme in the invite as well. I used my friends who had gotten married as a resource as well and chose our photographer, planner, and DJ that way.  To find a venue for 600 plus people was challenging but what was even more important was to find one that allowed outside catering. Using that criteria I was able to narrow down my search and chose Hyatt Downtown for our Sangeet and the Convention Center for the ceremony and the reception. Without all of the help that Shwe and I had, I don’t even know where I would have started to plan, they made the process easier for me and not as stressful as I had imagined it to be!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted to be a typical South Indian bride and carry on the tradition of my cousins of wearing a light pink color.  When we went to India, we saved the saree shopping for Chennai so that my grandmother could come with and approve of the outfit.  She turned 90 last year and was unable to make the wedding in person so this was something that I really wanted us to do together.  We went to a few saree shops in Chennai and I ended up choosing it from Kanakavalli.  They had the lightest colors of pink that I could find and I loved it especially because of the detail on the border that had elephants and peacocks. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was realizing how many people you can lean on in your life.  I know this sounds cheesy as hell, but the amount of help we received without ever even asking for it was mind-blowing.  My parents have lived in Columbus, OH for over 40 years and they have such an amazing support network.  Our friends have become family and it was so fun that everyone was involved - it felt like we all had a stake in it.  My family would get together every Sunday to practice the dances for the Sangeet and then in the evening our friends would come over and have a potluck while they wrapped gifts.  It was just feeling all the love that made it even more special
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment was the entrance into the wedding.  My sisters-in-law, cousins, best friend and three nieces started off the procession followed by me entering with my brothers.  I held their hands and they walked me down the aisle to where Shwe was waiting with my parents.  It was so incredibly personal for us and our families and something I will always cherish. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Tequila is your friend in times of stress.  It goes well with Soda and Lime (if you are on the wedding diet).  That was my signature cocktail!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
All of our vendors were amazing - they made our lives easier for being so on top of everything and making our wedding what it was!  But I especially want to thank Short North Piece of Cake for bringing my elephant cake dream to life!  It was one of the highlights of the reception and was so flawless that I was sad to cut into it.  It was even more delicious than it was beautiful.

Thanks for reading dolls! See you tomorrow.
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Venues: Hyatt Regency Columbus | Photography: Jobst Media Photojournalism and Cinematography | Ceremony Venue: Greater Columbus Convention Cente | Reception Venue: Greater Columbus Convention Center | Planning & Design: Blissful Weddings and Events | Floral & Decor: Entertainment Unlimited Events | Floral & Decor: Furst Florist Events | Linens and Chairs: Prime Time Party Rental | Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Factory | Catering: Maanas | Catering: Gokul Cafe | Catering: Amar India Restaurant | DJ: Opening Minds Entertainment | Baraat Horse: Willow Wing Carriage & Limousine Service | Cake & Treats: Short North Piece of Cake | Event Designer: Blissful Weddings and Events | Mehndi Artist: Radhika | Transportation: Classic Limousines of Columbus


Baltimore, MD Indian Wedding by Regeti’s Photography

It is no secret that we are loving this gala! Color and taste just drip out of every corner of the venue and it is so incredibly inspiring to look at. Lucky for us, our friends from Regeti's Photography are complete masters of light, so the vividness of the spree's details are thanks to their talent with the lenses! Shout out to them! The grand reception was everything you could expect out of a bash like this and the photo shoot prior to it, truly displayed our gorgeous lovebirds in all of their newlywed aurae as we will see. So romantic! The couple knew that the gala was going to be a complete success if Dream Shaadi's planning and design skills teamed with DynastyAV's beats and Medley Entertainment's live music. They were right indeed, this combo single-handedly took the various parties to another level and it was as amazing and fun as it should be when a Maharani ties the knot. So, let's wait no longer and take a look at part two of today's gallery. Inspo assured!     

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Amazing isn't it, more to come! Stay tuned! 

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Photography: Regeti's Photography | Venues: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront | Planning & Design: Dream Shaadi | Mehndi Artists: Bhavna’s Henna and Arts | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | Live Music: Medley Entertainment | DJ: DynastyAV | Lighting: DynastyAV | Cinematography: Regeti's Photography | Floral & Decor: Imperial Decor | Hair & Makeup: Sana Khalid SKS Salon | Catering: Mr. Paanwala | Cake & Treats: Edibles Incredible Desserts | Photo Booth: Snapshot Moments Photobooth LLC | Photo Booth: OrcaVue 360 | Entertainment: DC Bhangra Crew | Mehndi Artist: FAM Henna -Naseem


Baltimore, MD Indian Wedding by Regeti’s Photography

Welcome back, dolls! Today, it is the turn of Kinita & Vivek to embellish our screens with their grand Indian wedding vision coming all the way from Baltimore in Maryland. All the Hindu flair was present throughout the rituals, and as you can imagine, it was absolutely colorful and grand. Just like a real-life scale Bollywood flick!  To kick off the celebrations Bhavna’s Henna and Arts's mehndi artists embelished the hands of all the ladies with henna paisleys while the traditional engagement ceremony was held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront and it set the perfect tone for what was to come. So nerve-wracking moments indeed! Maharani Kinita knew that the most important day of her life had to find her looking absolutely radiant. For this, she wisely recruited the amazingly talented Styles By Swati - Salon SBS, who assisted with her hair and makeup. Truly impeccable from beginning to end! Of course, we all know that the Maharani look can't be complete without the traditional mehndi designs that we all love so much. For this special occasion, the henna pro was none other than Naseem and let me tell you, her designs truly knocked me out of my feet. So detailed and amazing! Take notes, ladies! Talent is everywhere and it surely pores out of every image of today's gallery thanks to our amazing pals from Regeti's Photography. More of this Hindu jubilee? Come on and have a look!     

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Part two on the works, are you going to miss it? 

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Photography: Regeti's Photography | Venues: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront | Planning & Design: Dream Shaadi | Mehndi Artists: Bhavna’s Henna and Arts | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | Live Music: Medley Entertainment | DJ: DynastyAV | Lighting: DynastyAV | Cinematography: Regeti's Photography | Floral & Decor: Imperial Decor | Hair & Makeup: Sana Khalid SKS Salon | Catering: Mr. Paanwala | Cake & Treats: Edibles Incredible Desserts | Photo Booth: Snapshot Moments Photobooth LLC | Photo Booth: OrcaVue 360 | Entertainment: DC Bhangra Crew | Mehndi Artist: FAM Henna -Naseem


Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Lin & Jirsa

We know you ladies are still spinning with this gorgeous bride! As we saw in part one, the outdoor ceremony was everything you want for your big day. Family, smiles, joy, and of course love, all blend together to create a unique experience. The newlyweds changed attires after the ceremony and with the guests, headed to the reception hall of Los Verdes Golf Course. The ones in charge of making everything run smoothly? The Marigold Company of course. Their well-known expertise was once again put to the test and once again they succeeded. The guests were up for a huge treat with the culinary wonders our friends from Natraj Catering and Restaurants provided. A full tummy is a dancing tummy and the team from Fusion Sounds knows that very well. Their beats and masterfully crafted playlists gave the guests and newlyweds the sounds needed to dance the night away and celebrate the milestone. So, without further ado, here we have part two of this amazing gala brought to us by Lin & Jirsa Photography! Let's ahead into the gallery!     

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Amazing isn't it? Stay around for more glam and charm from our brides! 

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DJ: Fusion Sounds | Lighting: Fusion Sounds | Planning & Design: The Marigold Company | Catering: Natraj Catering and Restaurants | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Ceremony Venue: Los Verdes Golf Course | Reception Venue: Los Verdes Golf Course | Floral & Decor: Kumba Events | Hair & Makeup: SD Artistry | Baraat Scooter: Kumba Events | Cinematography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Photo Booth: Photo Booth Millionaire | Priest / Officiant: Mohan Upasani


Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Lin & Jirsa

Monday is here and so is June! We are kick-starting this new month with a feature that we are absolutely loving, specially chosen for today! We know you are going to love it as well because of its striking elegance, taste, and style, but overall, because of the genuine love that can be felt through the images taken by our always amazing friends from Lin & Jirsa Photography. We already know the extraordinary quality of their work so it is no surprise that today's gallery is all things amazing. Sophia & Rohit decided to tie the knot at Los Verdes Golf Course in a traditional outdoor western wedding ceremony with elements of the Hindu tradition. So amazing! Maharani Sophia's gown choice totally left us speechless. Her dazzling beauty and gorgeous style are definitely a highlight of this feature! She came out rocking this lace white dress that made her totally glow from top to toe. Raja Rohit is surely a lucky man! For part one of this gala, we will be witnessing the heartfelt ceremony and the creative photo shoot of these two lovebirds, so don't miss it!   

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Stay with us for part two, you can't miss the unique reception! 

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DJ: Fusion Sounds | Lighting: Fusion Sounds | Planning & Design: The Marigold Company | Catering: Natraj Catering and Restaurants | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Ceremony Venue: Los Verdes Golf Course | Reception Venue: Los Verdes Golf Course | Floral & Decor: Kumba Events | Hair & Makeup: SD Artistry | Baraat Scooter: Kumba Events | Cake & Treats: Torrance Bakery | Cinematography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Photo Booth: Photo Booth Millionaire | Priest / Officiant: Mohan Upasani


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