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Long Island, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by BNB Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Long Island, NY Indian Wedding by Vivid Capture Studio

Welcome back, Ladies! As mentioned in our previous episode, we are double featuring the marvelous wedding celebration between Payal & Maulik. On this installment, we will enjoy the wedding ceremony hosted at the Hyatt Regency Long Island, the perfect venue chosen by our lovebirds to tie the knot! Wedding Design was behind the marvelous decoration that highlighted the hall, with well-mixed flower arrangements and ornaments that created a magical environment. Everyone loved every single detail of the ceremony, but it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole the show as she walked through the aisle, looking like a princess from a fairytale story. There's no doubt that she made the right decision trusting her beauty needs to Fiza Mansoor, who created a unique hairstyle and Simple Beauty by Preeti, who took care of her makeup. To turn the enliven this event, M4U Events played the sweetest tunes, creating the most pleasant and soothing environment for this wedding ceremony. And we are so lucky because we have all the details o this ceremony thanks to the talented crew from Vivid Capture Studio, who created the marvelous gallery below, and the blockbuster film featured in today's Video Blog! So, go check them out. You are going to be amazed!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I’ve always known of Maulik for most of my life but never really thought of him as anything besides my brother’s friend. It was only during high school that I started to really notice him. He’s always had a reputation of being the “smart guy” so I decided to take advantage of that and asked him to help me with college applications. I never thought that would be the start of one of the greatest friendships. We instantly connected and what started of as a conversation about college turned into something that meant so much more. I knew from day one that this was the man I would marry no matter what happened in life. And eight years later Maulik got on one knee and asked me to marry him. There was no doubt in my mind this day would come, it was just a matter of when.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
From the moment that I decided that I wanted to propose to Payal I knew it had to be something small but personal. Family means everything to her so when I got the ring, I went to her grandmother who was in the hospital at the time and asked for her blessing. Then came the "big plan" of how to do it. To make it personal, I decided to do the proposal in her backyard but needed the help of all her family to make it happen. So on a snowy March night, we placed 300 candles and lanterns around the entire backyard and set up a twinkle light backdrop. Payal was with her cousin at the hospital visiting her grandmother and thought nothing would possibly happen on that night since it was already too late at night. To her surprise, she pulled up to her house, saw a beautifully lit backyard with John Legend's song All of Me playing in the background. As she walked towards me, I was more nervous than I had ever been. This was not the girl I was asking to only marry me but she was the one I was asking to take care of for the rest of her life.

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.
It was pretty easy to plan the logistics part of the wedding since my brother got married the year before. I used his Caterer (Rasoi III) and Decorator (Wedding Design and Decor) but of course went with our own ideas. Hair & Makeup was also simple since I've seen Preeti Riley's and Fiza Mansoor's work during other family member's weddings and I instantly knew they were the ones I needed to get. The same goes for the mehndi artist Monita Bijoriya who is phenomenal. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I chose my bridal lengha from India and before arriving there I already decided I wanted to wear a neutral cream or champagne color. Luckily for me, the first shop I stepped into I found the outfit I was looking for. I had a vision in my mind and it was exactly what I wanted.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Maulik and I loved planning our mehndi because it was low-key and in my backyard but gave us the opportunity to plan it according to what we wanted. We let our parents have their way for the wedding so mehndi was something that was completely ours. From live South Indian food stations to an actual ice cream truck, what more could we have hoped for!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The food hands down! If you know my mother, she is a great cook and it was really important to her that all the guests enjoy the food. If there was one thing she did not sacrifice on, it was definitely the food.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The moment I sat down on the mandap and saw Maulik, I instantly forgot about the other 450 guests and realized that this is the man I will be spending my life with. I tend to micromanage everything but at that moment, I didn't care about what went wrong or what I could've done differently, all I cared about was enjoying the ceremony and making sure I remember every bit of 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.
Shout to the greatest family for planning a program for our garba that consisted of dances and skits to relay our love story to all the guests.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Planning is the greatest part about getting married. Sometimes things don't always go your way but try to keep a relaxed attitude and remember to stay calm. Most importantly, when it finally comes to the wedding day, remember this is your day and it will be a great one so enjoy it and cherish every moment.

Please visit us tomorrow for more. You will love what we have prepared for you!

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Hair & Makeup: Simple Beauty by Preeti | Cinematography: Vivid Capture Studio | Cinematography: Vivid Capture Studio | DJ: M4U Events | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Island | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design | Hair: Fiza Mansoor | Catering: Rasoi III


Long Island, NY Indian Wedding by Vivid Capture Studio

Good morning, Maharanis! We are beginning a brand new week, and what better way to start it than with a marvelous love story. Are you ready to be inspired? I bet you do. So let's begin this journey at the striking Hyatt Regency Long Island and take a look at the magical wedding celebration between Payal & Maulik. But before we start, we have a small surprise for you! Today, we are double featuring this memorable festivity so that you can enjoy the enormous talent by Vivid Capture Studio, both in a phenomenal film featured in today's Video Blog and also in the visual masterpieces below! And believe us, you will love every single detail of this life-changing event.  For the opening photoshoot, our gorgeous Maharani made her first appearance looking like a vision of beauty after having trusted all of her beauty needs to Simple Beauty by Preeti, who created a fabulous makeup, and Fiza Mansoor, who designed an ultra-sleek hairstyle. Hands down, this magical outdoor photoshoot exceeded Payal & Maulik's expectations, and will always have a special place in their hearts. If you don't want to miss any detail of this intimate and romantic moment, make sure to visit today's full gallery. We are sure you're going to be amazed and you'll get tons of inspiring ideas from it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I’ve always known of Maulik for most of my life but never really thought of him as anything besides my brother’s friend. It was only during high school that I started to really notice him. He’s always had a reputation of being the “smart guy” so I decided to take advantage of that and asked him to help me with college applications. I never thought that would be the start of one of the greatest friendships. We instantly connected and what started of as a conversation about college turned into something that meant so much more. I knew from day one that this was the man I would marry no matter what happened in life. And eight years later Maulik got on one knee and asked me to marry him. There was no doubt in my mind this day would come, it was just a matter of when.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
From the moment that I decided that I wanted to propose to Payal I knew it had to be something small but personal. Family means everything to her so when I got the ring, I went to her grandmother who was in the hospital at the time and asked for her blessing. Then came the "big plan" of how to do it. To make it personal, I decided to do the proposal in her backyard but needed the help of all her family to make it happen. So on a snowy March night, we placed 300 candles and lanterns around the entire backyard and set up a twinkle light backdrop. Payal was with her cousin at the hospital visiting her grandmother and thought nothing would possibly happen on that night since it was already too late at night. To her surprise, she pulled up to her house, saw a beautifully lit backyard with John Legend's song All of Me playing in the background. As she walked towards me, I was more nervous than I had ever been. This was not the girl I was asking to only marry me but she was the one I was asking to take care of for the rest of her life.

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.
It was pretty easy to plan the logistics part of the wedding since my brother got married the year before. I used his Caterer (Rasoi III) and Decorator (Wedding Design and Decor) but of course went with our own ideas. Hair & Makeup was also simple since I've seen Preeti Riley's and Fiza Mansoor's work during other family member's weddings and I instantly knew they were the ones I needed to get. The same goes for the mehndi artist Monita Bijoriya who is phenomenal. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I chose my bridal lengha from India and before arriving there I already decided I wanted to wear a neutral cream or champagne color. Luckily for me, the first shop I stepped into I found the outfit I was looking for. I had a vision in my mind and it was exactly what I wanted.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Maulik and I loved planning our mehndi because it was low-key and in my backyard but gave us the opportunity to plan it according to what we wanted. We let our parents have their way for the wedding so mehndi was something that was completely ours. From live South Indian food stations to an actual ice cream truck, what more could we have hoped for!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The food hands down! If you know my mother, she is a great cook and it was really important to her that all the guests enjoy the food. If there was one thing she did not sacrifice on, it was definitely the food.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The moment I sat down on the mandap and saw Maulik, I instantly forgot about the other 450 guests and realized that this is the man I will be spending my life with. I tend to micromanage everything but at that moment, I didn't care about what went wrong or what I could've done differently, all I cared about was enjoying the ceremony and making sure I remember every bit of 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.
Shout to the greatest family for planning a program for our garba that consisted of dances and skits to relay our love story to all the guests.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Planning is the greatest part about getting married. Sometimes things don't always go your way but try to keep a relaxed attitude and remember to stay calm. Most importantly, when it finally comes to the wedding day, remember this is your day and it will be a great one so enjoy it and cherish every moment.

Don't miss the magical wedding ceremony, so stay tuned!

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Hair & Makeup: Simple Beauty by Preeti | Cinematography: Vivid Capture Studio | Cinematography: Vivid Capture Studio | DJ: M4U Events | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Island | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design | Hair: Fiza Mansoor | Catering: Rasoi III


Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Brandon Andrews Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! We are in the middle of the week, and we are here to give you a shoot of inspiration. Today we are taking you to the majestic BAPS Mandir Atlanta, a perfect Hindu Temple chosen by Chetsi & Sachin to perform their traditional wedding ceremony. And let me tell you that it was a memorable moment that everyone enjoyed! Everyone admired the peacefulness and the beauty of the temple before heading back to the city for the reception. Pure Lotus Events planned and took our lovely duo's dream wedding and brought it to reality. What talent! Sachin, our elegant Raja, looked Chetsi in amazement as she entered the temple and walked down the aisle with a magical look as if she was taken out from a fairy tale! This was thanks to the tremendous talented style from Edge & Priss Glam, who assist our Maharani with all her beauty needs. We are lucky to have all of the details and the intimate moments of this event thanks to the shots captured by Brandon Andrews Photography, who transformed every emotion into a beautiful gallery that you can relive today. Make sure to take a look at these visual masterpieces and get ready to be amazed!

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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.
Our wedding could not have come together without our amazing vendors. We wanted a mix of  traditional and classic without it being overwhelming. We also knew we wanted to keep to a lower budget and not let things get out of hand. Every vendor was just amazing and brought both of our styles and different cultures together. We also had an amazing wedding coordinator who took all the stress away during the weekend that allowed all of us to relax and have a party!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We knew the color scheme we wanted for the wedding ceremony (dark red, gold, and white) but we didn't spend much time shopping for the right dress or right sherwani. I actually only had one day of shopping in Surat and bought my dress from the first local store we went to.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think one of the things the guests enjoyed was the ceremony venue. We wanted to get married at the BAPS Mandir because it was something my parents wanted, and we thought it would be a great opportunity for our friends to visit a Hindu temple. We built in some time after the ceremony so guests could walk around the property and enjoy the peacefulness and the beauty of the temple before heading back to the city for the reception.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Hands down, one of our favorite moments from our wedding was just knowing that everyone was having a great time. Our families may have been from different cultures and spoke different languages, but everyone was welcoming to each other and our friends. The best memories were on the dance floor! From seeing our wedding party from around the country learn Bollywood dances for Sangeet to seeing our families on the dance floor both nights with our friends.!
 
We have more for you, visit us for the beautiful outcome of this Wedding!
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DJ: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Baraat: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Lighting: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Photography: Brandon Andrews Photography | Planning & Design: Pure Lotus Events | Sangeet Venue / Reception Venue: Westin Buckhead | Ceremony Venue: BAPS Mandir Atlanta | Floral & Decor: Myar Decor | Hair & Makeup: EDGE & Pris Glam | Hair & Makeup (Bride's Family Hair and Makeup): Sweta Gajjar | Catering (Sangeet and Reception Dinner): CB Catering | Catering (Wedding Lunch BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir): Shayona BAPS | Baraat (Horse): Fantasy Carriage | Cake & Treats: Sweet Stuff LLC | Invitations & Wedding Stationery (Invitations): Indian Wedding Card | Invitations & Wedding Stationery (Stationary): Creatively Patel | Mehndi Artist: Beauty You Deserve | Registry: The Knot | Transportation: Greene Transportation


Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Brandon Andrews Photography

Welcome back, Maharanis! As promised, we are here to present to you all the charm and beauty surrounding Chetsi & Sachin's grand wedding finale. For this installment, we will take you to the exclusive Westin Buckhead, where the wedding reception was hosted, in a beautiful and well-decorated hall, filled with floral arrangements and centerpieces crafted by Myar Decor.  Pure Lotus Events perfectly trimmed and organized the reception and let me tell you that their enormous talent helped to create a lovely environment that filled every single corner of the room. If you were wondering who was responsible for Chetsi's head-turning look that amazed everyone when she burst into the room, we have the answer for you! It was none other than  Edge & Priss Glam, who made sure to create different styles for her during the whole ceremonies and celebrations. To turn this gala into a real party, our friend from DJ Jaz- GTB Productions took the stage and put everyone to dance. Without any question, this was an epic night! You can relive this moment by visiting today's gallery, thanks to the remarkable work of Brandon Andrews Photography. I bet you will be delighted! 

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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.
Our wedding could not have come together without our amazing vendors. We wanted a mix of  traditional and classic without it being overwhelming. We also knew we wanted to keep to a lower budget and not let things get out of hand. Every vendor was just amazing and brought both of our styles and different cultures together. We also had an amazing wedding coordinator who took all the stress away during the weekend that allowed all of us to relax and have a party!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We knew the color scheme we wanted for the wedding ceremony (dark red, gold, and white) but we didn't spend much time shopping for the right dress or right sherwani. I actually only had one day of shopping in Surat and bought my dress from the first local store we went to.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think one of the things the guests enjoyed was the ceremony venue. We wanted to get married at the BAPS Mandir because it was something my parents wanted, and we thought it would be a great opportunity for our friends to visit a Hindu temple. We built in some time after the ceremony so guests could walk around the property and enjoy the peacefulness and the beauty of the temple before heading back to the city for the reception.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Hands down, one of our favorite moments from our wedding was just knowing that everyone was having a great time. Our families may have been from different cultures and spoke different languages, but everyone was welcoming to each other and our friends. The best memories were on the dance floor! From seeing our wedding party from around the country learn Bollywood dances for Sangeet to seeing our families on the dance floor both nights with our friends.!
 
Please visit us tomorrow for more marvelous events!
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style
Traditional
Ballroom
Romantic
season
Summer
color
DJ: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Baraat: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Lighting: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Photography: Brandon Andrews Photography | Planning & Design: Pure Lotus Events | Sangeet Venue / Reception Venue: Westin Buckhead | Ceremony Venue: BAPS Mandir Atlanta | Floral & Decor: Myar Decor | Hair & Makeup: Edge & Priss Glam | Hair & Makeup (Bride's Family Hair and Makeup): Sweta Gajjar | Catering (Sangeet and Reception Dinner): CB Catering | Catering (Wedding Lunch): Shayona BAPS | Baraat (Horse): Fantasy Carriage | Cake & Treats: Sweet Stuff LLC | Invitations & Wedding Stationery (Invitations): Indian Wedding Card | Invitations & Wedding Stationery (Stationary): Creatively Patel | Mehndi Artist: Beauty You Deserve | Registry: The Knot | Transportation: Greene Transportation


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