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Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Memories Photo Studio

Hi, ladies! Get ready to enjoy because we're taking you on a journey through Bhavina & Roshan's wedding celebrated at the imposing Now Jade Riviera Cancun. If these names sound familiar, that's because their wedding featured in our Video Blog thanks to the fantastic film by Memories Photo Studio. And you loved it so much that we couldn't wait to share the fabulous shots also captured by Memories Photo Studio. So, let's jump right into it. We're starting this journey by looking at a fun-loving photoshoot leading to the fabulous wedding ceremony that united these two lovebirds in marriage.  For the wedding ceremony, Bhavina & Roshan trusted Urvashi Mishra to take care of the planning and execution and, Alquimia Events to take care of the decor. And what a great decision it was as they delivered nothing but perfection. There was so much beauty all over the place, but nothing compared to Bhavina's gorgeous look. She burst into the scene looking like a princess thanks to the spectacular hairstyle and makeup designed by Belladev Studio Hair and Makeup Artistry, and the artistic Mehndi by Loto Mehendi. Hands down, beauty and radiance at their best! After seeing this marvelous celebration, you will want to start planning your dream wedding and sending invites to your loved ones, so make sure to contact The Royal Collection! They did an outstanding job crafting Bhavina & Roshan's invitations & wedding stationery, and we are sure they will do a fantastic job with yours as well. In the meantime, make sure to check today's full gallery. You will love it so much!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Roshan and I met in 2015 on a dating app called Dil Mil. We chatted on the app for a few weeks and then decided to meet in person. At the time Roshan was working in Birmingham, AL and I were working in Greenville, SC. We decided to meet in Greenville at a cupcake place called Chocolate Moose. Meeting someone from an app, I was a bit skeptical but once we finally were face to face it was like we couldn't stop talking. We hit it off the moment we saw each other. I knew at that moment that Roshan was "the one" for me!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
As a child I always envisioned myself wearing a traditional red and gold color bridal lengha. Once I actually got to India and started shopping I realized there are tons of “traditional red and gold” colored lenghas. Going into bridal lengha shopping I knew I didn’t want anything with velvet material. I tried on over 25 bridal lenghas before I was able to find “the one”. At first, I was hesitant to try on anything velvet or with heavy embroidery. But I gave it a shot anyway. As I was trying on the outfit knew it was “the one”.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of our wedding process was the resort site visits in Cancun, Mexico. We had an idea of the type of resort we wanted but actually visiting them was great. Getting to experience the different themes in the resorts, foods, hospitality, amenities, and venues really helped us put things into perspective for our events. Lastly, we really enjoyed watching a years worth of planning come together as planned and got to enjoy it with family and friends.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The moment that plays in my head constantly is when my parents and grandmother (ba) walked me down the aisle the day of my wedding. Having my family walk me down the aisle was something I had always wanted during my wedding. Being able to finally embrace it and live it was amazing.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
For all of the brides-to-be, I would say enjoy the wedding process. Planning an Indian wedding can be stressful, time-consuming and at times frustrating but enjoy all of the emotions. For myself, I was planning my wedding the day after I got proposed to. I enjoyed having my husband alongside of me the entire way. He was really involved and reminded me to embrace the moments. Lastly, I would say to be patient on the day of your wedding and just know that things may go unplanned but it’ll all work out at the end!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I am a very simple person so dressing up more than casual for my wedding events was a little outside of my comfort zone. My jewelry I picked was antique bronze with a hit of maroon for my wedding day. I love tikas so I made sure to wear one at almost every event. My wedding bouquet was all hydrangeas which were my best friends favorite flowers. My outfits didn't have a particular theme to them I just wanted to make sure they were all different styles, colors, and embroideries. Lastly, I ended up finding my reception gown two nights before my flight back home from Bombay. I had a particular vision of how I wanted it to look and it had to be emerald in color (my favorite color). So finally I was able to find it and I was beyond happy!

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

Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Venues: Dreams Jade Resort & Spa | Cinematography: Memories Photo Studio | Photography: Memories Photo Studio | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra | Floral & Decor: Alquimia Events | Hair & Makeup: Belladev Studio Hair and Makeup Artistry | Catering: Patravali Indian Cuisine | DJ: Encore Events DJs | Cake & Treats: DOUX MELANGE | Lighting: Encore Event Technologies México | Live Music: Drums in Paradise | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehendi | Photo Booth: Capture Mirror | Transportation: ARRENDA PLANET CAR S.A. DE C.V. | Hair & Make Up for Guests: Styling Trio

Sydney, Australia Indian Fusion Wedding by Alan Khan Photography

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! Are you ready for a new and exciting adventure? If so, get your luggage and passport because we are taking you on a trip to a different continent. You read right! Today, we will take you to Sydney, Australia, to enjoy Priyanka & Sulabh's fusion wedding celebration. So get ready to enjoy it! Thanks to the visual masterpieces captured by Alan Khan Photography, we can start this day enjoying a cornucopia of beauty and traditional flair that we are sure you are going to love. Thoroughly designed and decored by Decore Shaan by Neeta Tanna, this wedding celebration was equally beautiful as mesmerizing. The color palette and the ideal placement of all the ornaments enhanced the beauty of the Miramare Gardens, providing the perfect backdrop for Priyanka & Sulabh to start their everlasting married life! And we cannot talk about perfection without mentioning the spectacularly ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani Priyanka! She walked down the aisle looking like a vision of beauty after being fully glamorized by Apoorva Bridal, who showcase all their talent and expertise in making a lovely bride looking like a goddess for her big day. To crown this fabulous look, Henna by Hura outlined an artistic Mehndi design that was utterly impressive, not to mention that it added an extra touch of traditional flair to this already jaw-dropping look. If you can't get enough of this wedding bash, make sure to check more of this fantastic event in today's full gallery!

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We hope you've enjoyed today's featured wedding as much as we did! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more.

Hair & Makeup: Apoorva Bridal | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Miramare Gardens | Floral & Decor: Decore Shaan by Neeta Tanna | Catering: Urban Tadka | Cinematography: Alan Khan Photography | Event Designer: Decore Shaan by Neeta Tanna | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Hura | Transportation: Sydney Parminder Taxi | Photography: Alan Khan Photography

Ocho Rios, Jamaica Indian Fusion Wedding by Evan Rich Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! As you know, here at Maharani Weddings, you will find tons of ideas and creativity that will help you to increase that inspiration needed for your dream event. Today, we have a phenomenal time prepared for you as we will unveil the beauty that surrounded Amelia & Anthony's fusion wedding celebration! Every single part of it will enchant you. So let me take you to the exclusive Moon Palace, Jamaica, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, to enjoy this dazzling event! The place overflowed with beautiful floral arrangements and ornaments that left everyone speechless. This was thanks to the talent from Zedoj Events and Wedding's team, who created a marvelous environment. If you are thinking of celebrating your dreamed wedding internationally, you can't miss today's gallery. It is brought to you thanks to the talent from Evan Rich Photography, who made sure to capture every detail, smile, and memorable moment of the celebration. This was a wedding out of this world, where two different cultures gather to celebrate their favorite ones. The weather, the food, the chatting, the premises, and the music were the special touch that turned this wedding in a memorable one! And you, my darlings, will love it so much! So, wait no more and get ready to enjoy!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Anthony through a mutual friend. She invited me to his sisters birthday party. I didnt want to go but im glad I did. It took a long time for us to really become friends really about 1 year. He helped me through some tough times and we became best friends. We liked  the same things and did everything together. Soon I couldnt imagine life without him. I knew very early on that he was different and we would be together.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We didnt have a traditional proposal. I wanted to be more modern and join together mutually. We took engagement photos and announced our engagement. He surprised me with a rare pink sapphire "padparadscha" ring on the day of my bridal shower. My ring is unique and different like me. I cried all of my makeup off before I even got to my shower.

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.
Planning a destination wedding is difficult for a type A personality or I think for any bride. I couldnt have done it without my wedding travel agents and wedding planner Heather at Modern Destination Weddings. This is hands down the best decision I made. My own little team helped me with planning every little detail. They answered all my questions and helped me secure my venue and all arrangements for what we envisioned on our day. We wanted a very relaxed, fun, vacation vibe with good food and a party atmosphere. We chose to have our wedding at moon palace in ocho rios jamaica. We had a two day wedding. Friday was the indian ceremony and Saturday was the Christian ceremony. We had a reception and after party both nights!!  Traditional red and orange was my color scheme for the Indian day and white and pink was our color scheme for our American day. We definitely had some unique/ different approach. I didnt want too many decorations and wanted to let the beauty of the island show for itself. We had custom bride and groom drinks. I didnt want traditional bouquets for the bridesmaids so I opted for corsages instead. Being a bridesmaid 2 times and a maid of honor the year before I find bouquets exhausting to carry around and then they really just get wasted at the end, especially if you cant take them home. Having the right makeup and hair was super important to me, I flew in my makeup artist from NY @beautybytamanna . I LOVED the way both of my looks came out. My makeup lasted all day even in the Jamaica heat.  I feel like my jewelry played a very important part in bringing the looks to life. I loved my jewelry for both days and spent lots of time picking the right pieces.
My indian jewelry was from om sons  and my headpiece and earrings were from @bridalstylesboutique

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I saved so many pictures of styles I liked on Instagram and pinterest. For a tropical wedding I had initially wanted a.pink lengha but my MOM insisted on traditional red. I went with a compromise to make my mom happy and wore a red custom lengha for my ceremony and a pink lengha from @rehanasexclusivedesigns for the reception. I am so happy that I followed my moms advice because I felt like a bride in my red lengha. My lenghas both had floral motifs with crystal flowers.  I went shopping with my family first to get ideas and try on. I took my mom, my sister in law and my musee. We shopped for both indian wear and a white dress. But in the end when I was ready with my decision I went only with my mom to buy my final choice.
For my white dress I  chose an eve of milady gown which was from @bridalreflectionsny  It had just the right amount of beading and bling, lots of lace in a floral pattern a train and an illusion neckline.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I feel like I had people who were really helping me achieve everything I wanted for my special day. The most enjoyable part for me was creating those special details for my guests (like welcome bags) with things that they could enjoy and also bringing our own personality and spin to our wedding. I started planning waaayyy in advanced and I think thats one of the most helpful things you can do as a bride! You wont be stressed for time.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We had a very emotional american ceremony on day 2. Everyone was crying when I walked down the aisle. When i looked up as we were saying our vows all my guests and bridal party were crying. (Including the groomsmen)

We accomplished the atmosphere we wanted for our wedding. We had such a fun time both nights at our after party at the club noir in which we had the vip section. The groomsmen showered the groom with champagne and dare I day "it was lit".

We wanted it to be a mini vacation for our guests as well and I saw many hanging out at the pool and taking advantage of the activites at the resort. Many of my family did a dolphin experience and tried out the wave rider. We were there for halloween a day before our wedding and the resort even had a haunted house and some.halloween activities!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Both of our ceremonies were verry special to me. The emotion and the joy of seeing all of our family there to support us. The weather was perfect and it was everything and more. We lived in the moment to enjoy every possible thing ( except the food, its true you never get to enjoy your food the day of the wedding)

My maid of honor (my cousin) was the best. She literally fed me in between pictures and ceremony and reception to make sure I ate something. It wad hard to eat with the jewelry, the makeup and of course the nerves.

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.
Its really important to have a Pandit that is engaging and that can carry out your ceremony the way you envision. We had lots of guests who weren't of Indian descent and our Pandit did a fantastic job explaining all the traditions. He was very light hearted and funny. Everyone said the groom and I were so serious lol maybe we were too nervous. But many of my guests complimented us on how great they thought the ceremony/Pandit was.

My cousins did a surprise traditional dance for us which had all my favorite songs. Usually I am the one who dances at all the weddings and occasions so it was a nice surprise.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
FOLLOW YOUR HEART. at the end of the day its what makes you and your groom happy.
Leave lots of time to plan will definitely help with stress levels.
Communication and common ground. The bride gets what the bride wants but its also about the groom too so its important to make decisions together.
Remember why you are getting married and that its about love. One the day of your wedding everything might not go as planned but enjoy in the moment and forget about the rest !

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mehndi was done at home here in NY by @hennaforallny. Monita is amazingly sweet and very talented. We did it late on  tuesday night before a flight early Wednesday morning. I tried to keep it on and warm for the longest possible time. The stain was rich and dark and lasted way after my wedding which was 3 days after I had it done.
I did alot of online ordering and found most if not all my vendors on Instagram.
I made a personalized guestbook with shutterfly my absolute go to design family album's.
I ordered my bridesmaids corsages and groomsmen boutineers from etsy
I also had a snapchat geofilter made for us from etsy. We weren't able to use it in Jamaica so I took the image and make custom drink signage for our signature drinks.


Make sure to join us tomorrow for another fantastic love story! 

Venues: Moon Palace, Jamaica | Floral & Decor: Zedoj Events and Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Tamanna | Bridal Fashions: Rehana's Exclusive Design Inc. | Bridal Jewelry: Om Sons Bridal Store | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Beauty by Tamanna | Favors: Jamaican Care Packages | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Shutterfly | Mehndi Artist: Henna For All | Travel Concierge: Modern Destination Wedding | Tuxedos: The Black Tux | White Wedding Dress: Bridal Reflections | White Wedding Dress: Eve of Milady | Bangle Custom Set: RJS & Co | Headpiece (day 2): Bridal Styles Boutique | Snap Chat Geofilter Designs: Pretty Timely | Photography: Evan Rich Photography

Herradura, CR Indian Wedding by Sachi Anand Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! We just reach the middle of this phenomenal week, and we have a fantastic surprise prepared just for you! Are you ready to be amazed? I bet you are! Today, you will need to have your passport ready because we are taking you to Costa Rica to admire the beauty that surrounded Parthvi & Anuar's wedding festivities!  You are welcome to join us at the exclusive Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort, the ideal venue chosen by our lovely duo to celebrate their promise of eternal love. And let me tell you that the "Pura Vida" vives enchanted every single guest. So awesome! Our friends from Tropical Occasions were in charge of transforming our lovebird's vision into a dream come true,  and the way they did it was so impressive that we found ourselves lost in words over so much beauty. Hands down the wedding was a huge success! Our gorgeous Maharani showcased her natural beauty, stealing everyone's attention, especially Raja Anuar's, who couldn't take his eyes off of her. She trusted her beauty needs to Anisha Creations, who designed a fantastic makeup and hairstyle for her. The special touch of the celebration was in charge of Stylos y Flores, who crafted a spectacular decoration. The phenomenal beats played by the talented MVP DJs, who turned the reception gala into a mix of tropical but at the same time a traditional party, the dances, the emotive speeches, and the delicious food were the right ingredients for this memorable celebration. And we are so lucky that our good friends from Sachi Anand Photography were there to capture every detail, which gave life to this fantastic gallery. Make sure to visit it. You will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
R. During the fall semester of my freshman year at Penn State University, I was rushing for a few sororities. While I was at one of the events, Anuar introduced himself to me. I specifically remember that he was freshly tan, super smiley and so easily to talk to. While we chatted, we realized that we both had attended the football game earlier that day (...and explained his sunburn haha).

Anuar has been there for me through so many ups and downs. There are so many moments that I probably can't even remember at this point, but there were two really telling times that solidified our relationship:
1. Despite both of us having classes, Anuar drove me home from Penn State to my house 2.5 hours away just so I could surprise my sister and say goodbye before she moved to California
2. In 2015, he moved from his parent's house in Pennsylvania to California so we could live near each other again

After these two moments, his integrity and willingness to go above and beyond for me was so clear. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I did a ton of research and changed my mind so many times before finally choosing! I had originally wanted to get something similar to Priyanka Chopra's lehenga, but my mom suggested to have some contrasting work. I continued the search and was then inspired by Sabyasachi's regal looks in traditional red with embroidery. I worked directly with Gauri Fashions to customize this dress and an additional contrasting pink dupatta to wear as my veil. For the color, I definitely wanted to stay in line with traditional red and added my own twist with a pop of pink to contrast with the tropical scenery of Costa Rica.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite moment happened during the Sangeet. We switched the music from garba to salsa, so the Colombians were teaching the Indians how to salsa. Despite the language barriers and cultural differences, everyone came together on the dance floor and danced their hearts away. Anuar and I always bonded over the fact that both of our cultures love to dance, and we were able to see all of our loved ones prove that dance truly is a universal language.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
- Don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo in terms of typical Indian weddings. Change it up if you can!
- Prepare your family and friends so they can help manage any vendors so you can let go of the details as the events begin.
- Do your best to soak each moment in and enjoy all the love around you during the wedding weekend!
- Consider reducing the number of events for guests to attend; it can be tiring for the wedding party and guests to squeeze everything into a long weekend
- Being a desi, we all know there will be haters. Let the haters hate, and push away any negative energy that's around you. Just shine like the beautiful bride you'll be!

We have something special prepared for you tomorrow. So, make sure to visit us. Same place, same time!

Planning & Design: Tropical Occasions | Venues: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort | Lighting: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort | Floral & Decor: Stylos y Flores | Hair & Makeup: Anisha Creations | DJ: MVP DJs | Bridal Fashions: Gauri | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mad Stitches By Nidhi | Cinematography: Bacalao Films | Rentals: D’Gala | Photography: Sachi Anand Photography

Cancun, Mexico Indian Wedding by Regeti’s Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! We are heading to the end of this fabulous week, and as always, we are here to give you tons of inspiration by presenting a phenomenal wedding celebration. Today we are pleased to bring you Shruthi & Anuj's wedding festivities. To begin this journey, grab your passport because we are taking you to the paradisiacal lands of Cancun, Mexico, in the company of the best travel concierge: Indian Destination Weddings. So let me take you to The Grand at Moon Palace, the perfect venue chosen by our lovely duo to host their wedding festivities. And not only they hosted this spectacular event, but they also provided the fantastic lighting and the delicious catering and cake that served at the wedding reception. What a great provider! Everything was perfectly trimmed and planned by the talented crew from Dream Shaadi, who created our lovebird's dreamed wedding based on our lovey duo's vision. What talent! Styles By Swati - Salon SBS dolled up Shruthi, our gorgeous Maharani. And we want to point out that she made the right choice by choosing them for her beauty needs. To turn this gala into a tropical party, our friends from DynastyAV jumped into the stage and played their phenomenal beats, making everyone dance the whole night! And we want to give a big shoutout to Regeti's Photography, who snapped photos from every angle to create a phenomenal gallery that we can enjoy today. So, wait no more, and take a look at it. You will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Anuj and Shruthi met on December 31, 2011 when Anuj's sister, Megha, invited Shruthi to their house for a New Year's Eve Party. Anuj, thinking he was too cool for his sister's friends, said hi to everyone, and went to go hang out with his own friends that night. When he returned later that night, he noticed Shruthi again, and looked at his friend Akhil and said "Dude, I think that girl is cute, what do you think?" After Akhil's encouragement, Anuj got the courage to say hi to her. Her immediate response was "Hey Megha's brother!" Anuj couldn't handle such dejection and walked away, thus ending their first encounter.

Jumping to a few years later (circa Spring 2013), Anuj was now a young working professional while Shruthi was a hard working student at VCU. Finally making a salary, Anuj decided to drive down to Richmond and “make it rain” on a college campus. As anticipated, Megha couldn't wait to see her loving, favorite brother, and decided to throw what was later coined as a "MeghaRager". There, Anuj met Shruthi again, but thought too highly of himself and assumed Shruthi and everyone else would be worshiping the ground he walked on. Shruthi, similar to the first interaction, did not acknowledge his existence. Unlike the previous time, Anuj was having too good of a time to care, and again they again went their separate ways.

Fast-forward to May 2015 when Anuj's cousin, Ayesha, was graduating from VCU. Unbeknownst to Anuj, Shruthi was also graduating at this same time. At this point, Anuj had forgotten about Shruthi and moved on to bigger and better things (or so he convinced himself). Once the post-graduation celebrations began, Anuj met Shruthi’s sister, Laya. Being two of the older people in the group, they passed the time talking about how things have changed in college since they graduated. Once again, Shruthi and Anuj interacted very little, but like a gentleman he offered his jacket to her when she was cold, which she wore all night. Anuj hoped to see her again the next day, but she was gone and Shruthi had simply left the jacket on the railing of the staircase along with his crushed hopes and dreams. A few days later they began texting each other talking about the graduation weekend and Shruthi’s post-graduation plans. Shruthi thought it was just an innocent conversation... after all he was just Megha’s older brother at the time. As the conversation continued and progressed, she found it very easy to talk to him and found herself laughing at all of his jokes. Then, she suddenly started to get the feeling that there may be a spark between the two of them.

Our next time hop will only be a few weeks later to end the of May when Shruthi and Anuj (now both interested in each other but too afraid to say it directly) met at a mutual friend, Sunna’s, graduation party. Luckily for Anuj, this party was in Anuj's 2nd home, Diya Restaurant. (contact Rahul & Ajay Arora for all your catering needs) With the confidence of familiar terrain, Anuj wasn't nearly as nervous as Shruthi. They awkwardly said hi while also doing their best to avoid each other; as the night progressed, they knew they couldn't keep ignoring each other and finally gathered the courage to say something. Anuj, mustering up the confidence to make the first move (obviously with his mouth full of butter chicken), used his Diya connections to impress Shruthi with a plate of her favorite dessert, gulab jamun, adding casually that he liked her. Shruthi was taken aback at first, but eventually told Anuj that she liked him as well. A few weeks later, Anuj decided to make it official by surprising Shruthi with a glass Coke bottle (her favorite) that was personalized to say, “Be my girlfriend?” Shruthi, now having been swept her off her feet twice, excitingly said "Yes!" and so it began...

Since then, their relationship has gone through a lot of tests. Those challenges eventually grew as distance started to play a significant role with Shruthi moving from Virginia to New York City, back to Virginia, then Pittsburgh, and finally settling in Philadelphia. Let’s not forget Anuj’s equal sacrifice of going from DC to Tysons Corner.  But as true of the connection between and Anuj and Shruthi a few (hundred) miles haven’t gotten in the way of this blossoming love. They've stood by each other every day, successfully facing whatever life has thrown at them, and can't wait to embark on their next chapter together as husband and wife!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After receiving all the blessings and well wishes from his and Shruthi's families, Anuj couldn't wait to put his proposal plan into action. He had booked an Escape Room outing in DC for the two of them (where the final clue was going to be the proposal) and was planning a post proposal party with their close family and friends afterwards to celebrate.


Shruthi one day non-nonchalantly mentioned that her company was sending her to Bologna, Italy for a week-long conference and how she was going to spend an extra day in Venice before coming back. Immediately an idea started to form... what if Anuj proposed in Venice instead? The Bagai house went in full lockdown mode as there were only 2 weeks to plan a proposal (not to mention, Anuj was in NYC for a week for work). The flight was booked, Shruthi's parents and siblings were on board, and the wheels started to turn. Due to the time difference, Anuj and his older brother, Sumeet, were talking to companies in Venice in the early morning hours to see how to pull off a proposal Shruthi would surely never forget.

Shruthi did not make it any easier on Anuj. He had to tell her he was going out for the night and his phone was going to die so he could go on a 14 hour flight undetected. The night before the proposal she kept FaceTiming him to see his face (who can blame her there?), but he had to keep ignoring her calls since he was already in the streets of Venice by then. He even had his colleague/acquaintance/friend Vishal send him a picture from work that Anuj then sent to her to convince her that they were still in the office working late.

As the morning of the proposal approached Anuj was anxiously awaiting Shruthi's arrival to the surprise proposal point. Due to the time difference, he was unable to find out if had she made it to Venice since it was only 4 AM EST and he couldn’t text her without tipping her off. Anuj was so stressed that he checked out of his hotel room 3 hours early and stayed on the same corner of the same street in fear of running into her in Venice. All his hard efforts paid off when finally...

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 planning process was made a lot smoother due to the success of our wedding planning who is also our older brother. We are so thankful for all of his support and would not have been able to pull off our dream wedding without Dream Shaadi.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
As a Malayali bride I always knew I wanted to wear a Kerala cream colored outfit, but as a fusion destination wedding I wanted to combine our north Indian and south Indian cultures. I wore a custom made ivory and maroon silk gotapatti lehenga made by Nazranaa. I absolutely loved it!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of our planning process was the creative details that may have gone unnoticed to some but was fun for us to put together. (i.e. logo, hashtags, newsletters, welcome bags, wedding favors, t-shirts etc.)

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guest loved the fireworks we had at our post wedding event.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I most memorable parts of our wedding that keep replaying in my mind are obviously walking down the aisle at the wedding ceremony as well as seeing our guests reaction when the fireworks went off. It was a surprise to all of our guests including our immediate family.

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 keep a reoccurring color scheme at each event and really took advantage of all the outdoor spaces available at the Grand at Moon Palace Resort to give our guests the ultimate destination wedding experience. The Post-wedding dinner party after our wedding ceremony is still the most talked about/memorable event for us and many of our guests.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Marry a man that makes you laugh and is willing to do anything to make you happy. The rest will all fall into place. Keep reminding yourself this even in the most stressful moments.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We loved all our vendors and could not have pulled off our dream wedding without them. We're also thankful for all our family and friends that helped throughout the process.

If we inspired you today, make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

Photography: Regeti's Photography | Planning & Design: Dream Shaadi | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | DJ: DynastyAV | Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Wedding | Event Designer: Dream Shaadi | Venues: Palace Resorts Cancun | Floral & Decor: Zuñiga Productions & Events | Cinematography: Mari Harsan Studios | Fireworks: Promedsa | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndi


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