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Irvine, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by AJ Studios Inc

Good Morning, beautiful ladies! I hope this week is bringing you many blessings and special days while you are in the company of your close ones! We don't want to end this phenomenal week without filling your cup with a dose of inspiration. Are you ready for it? I bet you are! Today we are pleased to bring you a marvelous fusion wedding that, without any doubt, will make you sigh. So let me guide you through the beauty that surrounded Shivali & Jame's wedding festivities! Right from the start, I want to highlight the spectacular decoration that filled the beautiful outdoors of the exclusive Hotel Irvine thanks to the enormous talent of Deepti's Florals Designs & Mandaps, who created a beautiful mandap for the ceremony. Oh boy, between this mandap and the floral arrangements that surrounded this soothing place, we are sure that these lovebirds could not have asked for a more sweet and charming backdrop to nite their lives in marriage. Once the ceremony ended, a fantastic wedding reception started. Everyone was delighted by every single detail of the night. The marvelous decoration, the delicious food, the emotive speeches, the chatting, and of course, the combination of music and lights performed by Fusion Sounds were the special ingredients for this memorable celebration. Today you are invited to relive this moment by visiting this spectacular gallery, thanks to the talent form AJ Studios Inc, who made sure to capture every detail for us. So get ready to check it out. It is an absolute visual delight that you don't want to miss!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
James and I met in Medical School and we started to study together. We started to hang out more and eventually he asked me on a date. After 2 years we had a long-distance relationship and he hated that so much that he moved closed and started to work at the same hospital as me.  When he moved close to me, I knew that he was the person that I will spend the rest of my life with. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted my sangeet, wedding, and reception to be all different according to color and style.  The most difficult part was making sure it was different colors because most of the lehenga in the stores in the USA and India had very similar colors.  But after going to countless stores in 3 weeks we were able to find all my lehngas.  My favorite lehenga is my reception lehenga because I wanted something light color and I wanted to bling out.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part was matching decoration to my lehenga.  I was already excited about my outfits and finding decoration to match it, made it even more special.  I absolutely loved that my florists matched my reception decor and flowers with my outfit. 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests loved the music and DJ, but I think they really loved the little entertainments we had during the cocktail hours.  We wanted to make sure that our guests will not be bored so we had a caricature artist, who was amazing and draw cartoons of our guest to take as a remembrance of our wedding.  We also had a photobooth and they brought tons of props for our guests to use.  Lastly, we used prescription pill bottles as a way for people to get their seat numbers.  On the prescription bottle, the label will say their name, a prescription for Love-Agra, the prescription was our wedding date and the table number where they will be seated.  The guest would find their prescription bottle and fill their bottles with candy from the candy bar.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The really special moment that would reply in our mind would be seeing how everyone was enjoying themselves on the dance floor.  One of the biggest worries we had was if the DJ would be able to entertain both our non-Indian and Indian guests since this was an intercultural wedding.  But he did a fabulous job, he played a mix of Indian and non-Indian songs and people really enjoyed it.  Our guests were constantly on the dance floor, and whenever they were about to leave the next song would reel them back onto the dance floor. People that usually leave right after dinner, stayed until the last song.

That is all for today, darlings! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more

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DJ: Fusion Sounds | Lighting: Fusion Sounds | Floral & Decor: Deepti's Florals Designs & Mandaps | Ceremony Venue: Hotel Irvine | Reception Venue: Hotel Irvine | Planning & Design: Subham events | Catering: Manohar's Delhi Palace | Baraat: Classic Mustang Rentals | Cake & Treats: Susie's Cakes | Cake & Treats (Dessert): Paris Pastries Bakery Cafe | Cinematography: AJ Studios Inc | Photo Booth: The PhotoBooth Guy | Photography: AJ Studios Inc | Sketch Artist (Reception): Angelo Martin - Toon Upz


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


New Rochelle, NY Indian Wedding by Pandya Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! We hope you have enjoyed the long weekend. We were dying to share this phenomenal wedding event that, without a doubt, will give you all of the inspiration needed to start planning your dream wedding. Today is special because we are double featuring all the beauty that surrounded Nittina & Tiju's wedding celebration. And we want to give a big shoutout to the talented crew from Pandya Photography, who captured every detail, and intimate moment from this celebration, and created a visual masterpiece which you can enjoy in today's Video Blog. And, if that is not enough, you can enjoy the marvelous gallery below, also created by this highly experienced team. You will love how Nittina, our sweet Maharani, stole everyone's attention with her drop-dead gorgeous look. She made the right choice trusting her beauty needs to Mehndikalogie, who assist delivered nothing but utter perfection. The wedding ceremony officiated at the St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, was beautiful as stolen, and it marked the beginning of the everlasting married life of this lovely couple. After the ceremony, a reception party hosted at the Greentree Country Club started, and it was the best way to bring this wedding to an end, and with a flourish!

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Please come back tomorrow, we have more prepared just for you. 

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Photography: Pandya Photography | Hair & Makeup: Mehndikalogie | Cinematography: Pandya Photography | Ceremony Venue (Christian): St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Greentree Country Club | Floral & Decor: Mayuri's Floral Design | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | DJ: PHD


San Diego, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Indian Wedding Snap

Happy Friday, beautiful Maharanis! We are concluding this fabulous week with a phenomenal wedding event! Today we are pleased to present to you the beauty that surrounded Padmini & Imran's wedding celebration. To begin this journey, let me take you to the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, the perfect venue chosen by our lovebirds to celebrate their promise of eternal love. The winning combination of Holly Kalkin on the planning and design and the excellent decoration crafted by Excellent Designs turned this gala into a perfect and memorable event. Speaking about perfection, we were enchanted by the beauty that Padmini displayed during the entire festivities. Hands down, she made the right call by choosing Enchant by Nihala for her beauty needs. The different halls used for the wedding events overflowed with merriment and traditional flair, leaving everyone speechless. And we want to do a big shoutout to Walkrich Signature Events as they created a spectacular scheme of lights that set the mood for the different activities. Today you can relive this moment by visiting this jaw-dropping gallery put together by Indian Wedding Snap. We are more than sure you get tons of inspiring ideas to start planning your ultimate dreamed wedding!

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Enjoy your weekend, and make sure to join us on Monday for more!

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Venues: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina | Hair & Makeup: Enchant by Nihala | Planning & Design: Holly Kalkin | Floral & Decor: Excellent Designs | Catering: Natraj Catering and Restaurants | DJ: Sound Nation | Cake & Treats: Cute Cakes | Cinematography / Photography: Indian Wedding Snap | Lighting: Walkrich Signature Events | Photo Booth: Pixster


Scottsdale, AZ Indian Fusion Wedding by Rachel Solomon Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! I hope you are having a fantastic day. This week is almost over, and we don't want to end it without bringing you a new lovely event that, without a doubt, will fill you with many emotions and inspiring ideas to create your dreamed wedding. Today we are pleased to present to you the marvelous wedding celebration between Supriya & Steven, today's lovely duo. You will love how two different cultures mingled together and became one to celebrate the eternal love of their favorites. The McCormick Ranch Golf Club hosted the pre-wedding celebrations, and the Royal Palms Resort and Spa was chosen to host the fusion wedding ceremony and wedding reception. Let me tell you that our lovebirds made the right decision by choosing these venues as they not only met but exceeded all expectations! Everything was perfectly trimmed and planned by Laurie Stricklin, who took made this wedding unique and unforgettable. Just lovely! Supriya, our gorgeous Maharani, dazzled everyone with her innate beauty. And let's not forget about the fantastic Mehndi art designed by Henna by Purvi. It was the crown jewel to her royal presence. The reception party was epic, and this was thanks to the phenomenal beats played by DJ Adi and the live performance of Lucky Devils Band. You are invited to relive this moment by visiting today's gallery, thanks to the spectacular shots captured by Rachel Solomon Photography. I know that you will be amazed by every single detail of it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Stevie on January 4th, 2018, following an introduction on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. Our first date was on the day that the Bomb Cyclone blanketed New York City in snow. We met for drinks at Bobby Van's near Grand Central Station, because it was one of the few places that remained open. Time seemed to pause, along with the outside world, as we chatted for hours!
 
I was struck by Stevie’s quiet confidence, wit, and uncanny familiarity. I felt as though I already knew him -- on our first date alone, there was an easy and natural balance between us. To my friends, I referred to him as “Steady Stevie," and that last part has stuck. Within just a few weeks of dating, I told my mom (much to her alarm) that I knew I was going to marry him. We ultimately chose January 4th as our wedding day, as it is also the date we met!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
A year after we met, Stevie fittingly chose to propose in Grand Central Station on a beautiful evening in January! I met up with him at Grand Central Oyster Bar. We checked our coats and grabbed a glass of wine at the bar. Curiously, the Maître D' (who was in on it) said there would be a long wait even though the place was empty. So to kill time, we drifted over to the Whispering Gallery and eventually the Main Concourse. There, Stevie told me we were going on a journey; which train did I think we were taking? Perplexed, my concern was that we had left our coats (and wine!) at the restaurant. He said not to worry, and gestured at the balcony overlooking the concourse, where I suddenly saw my parents waving. When I turned back around, Stevie was on one knee, with heartfelt words and a big smile on his face.
 
The rest of the night is a blur of glee -- champagne and hors d'oeuvres with my family at Bobby Vans (where we had our first date), a casual pit stop to see Hamilton on Broadway, and a surprise afterparty at my favorite bar, Ted's, where my brother had gathered a group of our closest friends! The night ended at 4 am, with Dollar Pizza on 3rd Avenue. We will forever thank New York City for bringing us together, a boy from Arizona and a girl from India.
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We had a destination wedding in my groom's hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. Since we live in New York, we found ourselves in the capable hands of my Arizona wedding planner, Laurie Stricklin! I had weekly calls with Laurie, who would find vendors to match my ideas. We also had 3-weekend trips to  finalize decisions in person.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had a vision for my white wedding dress being ultra-feminine with lots of lace detail. I went shopping with my mom at Kleinfeld Bridal and immediately fell in love with a gorgeous Pnina Tornai off-shoulder neckline and sheer lace bodice. The designer herself, Pnina, was there in person and helped me customize the rest of the dress: a soft A-line silhouette with a modest train. I have a video with her, as I said Yes to the Dress!
 
For my Sangeet lengha, I found myself drawn to modern Indian design, as opposed to the more traditional heavily-beaded florals. I've always loved vibrant colors and patterns, and so I chose a bright turquoise + pink lengha with gold accents! With my groom in gold, and our wedding party in teal and pink, we felt it all came together really well.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
We know we come from very different backgrounds, cultures, and religious traditions. So throughout the planning process, our North Star was the idea of "One True Fusion Ceremony," which was a lot of fun to brainstorm!
 
We wanted the important elements of each of us represented. I wore a white dress as a nod to Stevie’s culture, and he wore an Indian suit for me. My bridesmaids represented my tradition in red lenghas, and the groomsmen represented his culture, in black tuxedos. Our ceremony featured both a western Officiant and a Hindu Pandit. We had Bible Readings and Hindu Mantras, recited our own Vows and even Broke the Glass. Our wedding had everything from the Henna to the Horah! Even our hashtag (#OneLesserMenon) combined both our last names and embraced the spirit of unity.
 
Before the wedding day we had a Mehendi, Rehearsal Dinner, and Sangeet -- this rounded out all the traditions of our families. It was a wonderful, colorful, and authentic wedding for the two of us.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think the thing that the guests appreciated the most was embracing a cultural element that they weren't accustomed to! Many of my Indian family members had never experienced toasts at a Rehearsal dinner, never seen a bride in a white dress, and never danced to a Horah! Stevie's side of the family loved picking out Indian outfits for the Sangeet, getting Henna done on their hands, and watching our "mystical" Hindu ceremony. Many of our friends loved practicing together for Sangeet performances, and donning bright kurtas, saris, and ornate jewelry. We hope every guest got to experience something unique, and authentic to our fusion wedding.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I absolutely LOVED watching my "gora" groom perform bhangra at our Sangeet, alongside two seasoned Indian friends! He has always been a great dancer, but it was absolutely incredible -- the whole crowd was cheering and I think his side of the family was stunned! It really warmed my heart that he wanted to embrace the Indian culture and do something that required stepping completely outside of his comfort zone.
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
We tried to weave in authentic, important pieces of our story throughout the wedding. For our first dance we chose the song "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat, because this was actually the first song we danced to, a few weeks into dating! Signature drinks at our reception were based on our favorite cocktails. At the afterparty in our hotel suite, we had my groom's favorite: In-N-Out burgers, fries, and shakes. Too many details to recount here!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Being a very planning-oriented person, I made a conscious decision to just let go and be present the week of the wedding. You've done all the hard work, now soak up every moment, and ENJOY!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Our wedding gifts to each other were so special! We wanted to gift each other things that would become our family's heirlooms -- our story forever passed down along with them. Stevie is a big watch-enthusiast, so I surprised him with a classic and timeless Patek Philippe dress watch. I had the back of the case engraved with the words, "January 4, 2020. Until the end of time." He got me a stunning 3.5-carat Infinity ring, with 20 oval diamonds to represent the year we got married.
 
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. And stick around, we have more prepared for you!
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Mehndi Artists: Henna by Purvi | Live Music: Lucky Devils Band | Sangeet Venue: McCormick Ranch Golf Club | Ceremony Venue: Royal Palms Resort and Spa | Reception Venue: Royal Palms Resort and Spa | Planning & Design: Laurie Stricklin | Floral & Decor: Fiori Floral Design | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Catering: Royal Palms Resort and Spa | DJ: DJ Adi | Bridal Fashions / Bridal Jewelry: Nazranaa NJ | Cinematography: D.P. Weddings | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Makiaj Beauty | Fireworks: Fireworks Productions of Arizona | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Photo Booth: Shutterbooth | Registry: Zola | Rentals: Inner Space Events | Tuxedos: Alton Lane | Bride's White Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Bride's White Wedding Dress: Kleinfelds | Groom's Indian Outfits: Knollswood | Bridesmaids lehengas: IV By Divya | Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Photography: Sean Cook Weddings


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