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Playa del Carmen, MX Indian Wedding by Novia Mia Photography

Welcome back, Maharanis! As promised, we are back with the conclusion of this beautiful wedding festivities but the beginning from the eternal and true love from Priya & Jason, our today's favorite couple. So let's go back to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It will win you over with more than its magnificent natural landscapes and warm weather. The Barceló Maya Grand Resort was the ideal choice for their wedding celebration. Once the magnetic and traditional fusion wedding ended, an amazing hall at the outdoors from the perfect venue was prepared to host the fantastic reception. This place was entirely decorated by Latin Asia - Claudia Oyarzabal, who developed a magical environment for everyone. Not forgetting the magnificent and flowered arrangements and centerpieces prepared by Jccastillo Weddings, who took it to a higher level and contributed to the perfection of the night. The most extraordinary moment from the night arrived, and the glorious entrance from Priya and Jason dazzled everyone, our gorgeous Maharani wore a two pieces white dress that left everyone speechless. She took the right decision to trust her bridal fashion to Nazranaa, who made her look as taken out from a fairy tale. Everyone danced at the rhythm from Encore - DJ – Sean Singh, who made this an epic night. To conclude, you can't miss the gallery that we have for you today because our friends from Novia Mia Photography will make you relive this phenomenal celebration.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Jason and Priya first met through a mutual friend at a gathering in Westchester, NY. Jason immediately took notice of Priya and got to hear her talk a little bit about her story amongst friends, which would leave quite an impression on him. They would both see each other a couple more times but then Jason would not hear from Priya for at least 4 years. In the age of social media, leave it to Facebook to bring these two lovebirds back together. Priya saw Jason come up as a recommended contact on Facebook and decided to send him a friend request. Jason was thrilled, of course, and messaged Priya to see how she was doing and they began talking again (however, Priya wasn’t really looking for a boyfriend). They made plans to hangout and before they knew it, they were staying out late talking for hours daily. It did not take long for them to officially become a couple.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Jason knew very early on that Priya was going to be the woman with whom he was going to spend the rest of his life, if only she were to say yes. In August 2015, the Persauds wanted to head to Mexico for a family vacation. Jason saw this as a perfect opportunity to finally propose. The day everyone was leaving for Mexico, Jason and Priya’s sisters Tara and Divya were at the jewelry store rushing to get the ring ready to take on the trip. Jason gave the ring to Tara to transport to Mexico to avoid any mishaps at the airport that might ruin the surprise. At this time, Jason still had no idea how he was going to do the proposal. While touring the hills of Hualtulco, Jason found the perfect opportunity in front of a waterfall. He told the tour guide that when they were in front of the waterfall, the guide was to take a photo of Jason and Priya. When Jason gave the guide a thumbs up, the guide was instructed to begin recording while Jason got on bended knee and asked his beautiful girlfriend to be his bride. After a ton of tears, and thankfully a huge YES they officially became engaged!
 
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.
After dismissing the idea of having a backyard wedding, Priya and Jason met with a wedding planner that gave them the idea of having it in Mexico.  They loved this idea as Jason had proposed in Mexico and it seemed to be a be a great way to keep costs down as well as be sentimental.  After some research and travelling to the Cancun area to visit some venues, Jason and Priya finally narrowed it down to the Barcelo Maya Resort after meeting  their wedding coordinators Ivette and Abraham. 
 
Priya and Jason made one more visit to the resort in March where they toured the giant Barcelo Maya complex (five resorts in one location!), planned their wedding events and met with their florist, decorator, makeup artist, and lighting technician. 
 
While finding inexpensive solutions to make their wedding day memorable, Priya and Jason DIY'd their wedding invitations, programs and centerpieces.  They kept in contact with all their wedding vendors in Mexico through email and video chats. Although there were a few issues with communication, everything worked out in the end!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Priya had pictured herself in a traditional red bridal lengha since she was a little girl.  Her mother had gotten her a lengha in Malaysia while on vacation - but on a trip to Edison, NJ to look for the bridesmaids lenghas, Priya, her mother and sisters found a stunning, inexpensive lengha at Nazraana they could not pass up! 
 
For her wedding dress, Priya, her family and some friends went shopping in Manhattan.  Priya knew she wanted a hi-lo dress - preferably with a detachable skirt to allow her to move with ease on the dance floor.  While shopping, her cousin Alea realized that a wedding dress was something she could make!  She immediately got to work, creating a pattern.  Priya and Alea made a few trips to the garment district in Manhattan to pick out fabrics and Alea spent countless hours. working tirelessly to cretae the perfect wedding dress for Priya.  The dress was more than Priya could have dreamed of and included a 5 tier tulle skirt with beaded sequin fabric and fully lined with silk, princess line dress made of patterned motif lace and silk and embroidered haute couture straps with 248 Swarovski crystals, 6.4 cts hydrothermal emeralds, and 1.9 ct central Opal.
 
That's right you read that correctly - *emeralds* and an *opal*!!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process for Priya and Jason was choreographing their first dance.  The couple practiced day in and day out, spending extra time together.  Their first dance incorporated both fast and slow songs, mixing a Broadway musical, electronic dance music and Bollywood. 
 
Alea started Priya's dress in November and worked on it until hours before the wedding on June 28th.  During this time, Priya and Alea spent more time together than they had since they were kids.  Alea has been Priya's best friend since birth and the process of making the wedding dress brought them closer than ever and reminded Priya how lucky she was to have Alea as her "partner". 
 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Priya and Jason's guests loved the exotic setting of a beach in Mexico for a South Asian wedding, as well as some of the over-the-top features that were part of the 3 events - a light-up dance floor, the bride being carried in on a dholi, a tequila donkey, baarat on the beach, and the many choreographed Bollywood dances. 
 
Priya wanted to stay true to her roots and not lose the connection to her Guyanese culture while in Mexico.  It was important to her to have a Guyanese DJ that she flew in from Queens, NY.  Priya also spent hours curating the perfect wedding playlist.  This decision paid off - the guests could not stop raving about the mix of American, soca, chutney and Bollywood music, both modern and classics, that were played!
 
All of Priya and Jason's family and friends stayed at the Barcelo Maya Grand Resort in Riviera Maya. When not celebrating the 3 events of the wedding, you could find the wedding guests in the pool drinking and partying! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The 3 wedding events included a few choreographed dances to songs from Priya's childhood.  Priya's best friend of 25 years danced to "Choli Ke Peeche", her sisters to "Ghoomer" and "Hookah Bar", and her cousins to "Kay Sara Sara".  Priya and Jason's first dance included "Koi Ladki Hai" and her dance with her father was to "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam". 
 
Priya spent much of her childhood watching Bollywood music videos, practicing the dances with her friends and cousins in the living room.  Being a part of, and watching her loved ones dance to songs that hold so much significance to her was the most meaningful part of the wedding for her.
 
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.
One of the best parts of the wedding was choosing Novia Mia Photography to capture our beautiful day.  Led by Arturo, not only did they capture amazing shots of Jason and Priya at the resort, they also had a private "Trash the Dress" photoshoot at a cenote nearby the resort.  Arturo captured unique shots underwater and with a fairytale backdrop. One of the best parts of the wedding was choosing Novia Mia Photography to capture our beautiful day.  Led by Arturo, not only did they capture amazing shots of Jason and Priya at the resort, they also had a private "Trash the Dress" photoshoot at a cenote nearby the resort.  Arturo captured unique shots underwater and with a fairytale backdrop. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Many other brides gave me the same advice - during the wedding, don't stress about the little details and stay in the moment!  If not for that advice I think I would have been a little more stressed about the events going smoothly.  I would like to pass on those words of wisdom!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
When Priya was 17 years old, her life changed forever: she was in a terrible car accident, something that even medical professionals couldn’t predict the outcome of. Although she survived, she had to learn how to walk, eat, and speak again. Her right arm and face would never be the same (thankfully she's a lefty). Although she was scared, Priya was equally determined to recover and rebuild herself. With the love and faith of her family and friends, and putting one foot in front of the other every day, she was able to progress and recover past her injuries and even went on to graduate with her high school class.
 
Through her educational journey, Priya had several additional reconstructive surgeries, primarily on her face. It’s been a long road, with some bumps along the way.   Priya is proof that an open mind, full heart, and love of life can take anyone past their obstacles.
 
It is important for Priya to share her experience strength and hope about her identity as a burn survivor.  When Priya was 17 years old, her life changed forever: she was in a terrible car accident, something that even medical professionals couldn’t predict the outcome of. Although she survived, she had to learn how to walk, eat, and speak again. Her right arm and face would never be the same (thankfully she's a lefty). Although she was scared, Priya was equally determined to recover and rebuild herself. With the love and faith of her family and friends, and putting one foot in front of the other every day, she was able to progress and recover past her injuries and even went on to graduate with her high school class.

 

Have a great weekend ladies, and come back for more next week! Until then beautiful Maharanis!

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Venues: Barcelo Maya Grand Resort | Photography: Novia Mia Photography | Floral & Decor: Latin Asia - Claudia Oyarzabal | Floral & Decor: Jccastillo Weddings | Hair & Makeup: KIKA Hair and Makeup | DJ: Encore - DJ – Sean Singh | Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Draping/Styling: Latin Asia | Mehndi Artist: GK Henna


Riviera Maya, MX Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

Welcome back, Maharanis! If you were delighted by the first installment of this magical wedding, please be ready, because this second installment will blow your mind and will fill you with tons of emotions and inspiration. Today we are heading down to the magical Rivera Maya in Mexico, at the majestic Hard Rock Riviera Maya, here Neeta & David, our lovebirds, decided to celebrate their grand nuptials. What a perfect place! We're super lucky to access to all the details of this union thanks to Studio KSD, who once again wowed us with their visual talent. Our bride went the extra mile in terms of chic aesthetic, as she flaunted an exquisite cream and red color lehenga. All this glam was possible thanks to the fantastic draping style from Style My Sari who took care of her lehenga draping and styling. Let's not forget the unique hair and makeup that Makeup by Shaili created for our beautiful bride. As you will see, she totally glowing! It took big families, lots of friends, excellent music, choreographies, and a magical beach to bring two different cultures together and make an unforgettable celebration. If you want to relive this epic moment, visit our today's gallery. I bet you will be inspired!  

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For more love stories, please make sure to visit us!

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Photography: Studio KSD | Venues: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Floral & Decor: Colin Cowie | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Shaili | Cinematography: Joseph Minasi Studios | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Style My Sari | Lighting: PSAV


Riviera Maya, MX Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

Ladies, today we have one of the most charming destination weddings we have featured in quite some time! Grab your luggage, today we are taking you to a gorgeous destination at the Rivera Maya in Mexico to relive the fantastic wedding festivities from Neeta & David. This lovely duo chose the Hard Rock Riviera Maya to host their union, and it was a perfect place to say, "Yes, I do" in front of the roaring ocean with a colored and heavenly background. We had previously showcased this event thanks to the talent from Joseph Minasi Studios, but today we have for you the phenomenal work from our friends from Studio KSD who captured every angle from this beautiful gala and produced a fantastic gallery that, without doubt, you will love it. On this installment, you will be delighted by the Indian pre-wedding traditional ceremonies and their beautiful western ceremony as well. Neeta, our dazzling Maharani, left everyone head over heels as she arrived at the celebrations looking just like a fairy tale princess. There is no doubt that the talented crew from Makeup by Shaili took care of her beauty needs in every second. Great Job! Please join us and visit our gallery for the full details of this magical wedding. 

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Please visit us back for more love stories that will inspire you!

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Photography: Studio KSD | Venues: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Floral & Decor: Colin Cowie | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Shaili | Cinematography: Joseph Minasi Studios | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Style My Sari | Lighting: PSAV


Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Jonathan Cossu Photographer

Welcome back, beauties! We hope you are ready for a full-inspiring Thursday because we can't wait to share Sonam & Herman's wedding celebrations with you. Right off the back, we have to say that this wedding was alluring and impressive. Just take a look at all the beauty surrounding the wedding ceremony held at the beautiful outdoors of the  Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa. In a lovely and well-decorated tent area with delicate floral arrangements from Grupo Gama, and a perfect set up of all the decorations, together created the most magical setting for Sonam & Herman to tie the knot. Everything was perfect, and the environment created a love cloud that surrounded everyone. But we must say that only person who stole all looks that day, it was our dazzling Maharani who walked down the aisle looking like a princess. The royal look that stole everyone's breath away was thanks to Alex Corbanezi Beauty, who took care of Sonam's beauty needs. Once the ceremony ended, all guests attended the reception in a fantastic hall where everyone had a fun night with great music, delicious food, and of course, tons of memories. If you want to relive this fantastic event, make sure to visit our today's gallery and take a closer look at all the splendid shoots captured by Jonathan Cossu Photographer

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Herman on Halloween, in a bar in the middle of New York City, dressed up as a witch. He was dressed up in a Totoro onesie. For those of you that don't know, Totoro is a Japanese anime character that I just happened to watch religiously growing up. The rest is history.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Herman proposed to me on the beach in April 2018. He told me we were going to an engagement party, and while we were on the way he insisted on stopping off at a nearby beach to enjoy the view. When I got out of the car, I saw the most incredible set-up right there next to the water. There was champagne, a wooden arch with photos of all the memories we had made so far, flowers, and everything else I could've ever wanted. It was really something to see.
  
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of the planning process was the chance to make the events something that was truly our style. We got married in Cancun, Mexico, so we already had a destination wedding going for us. We really wanted our guests to enjoy every part of the wedding because at the end of the day, it was a vacation for them too. We scheduled out events in a way that there was one free day for guests to do as they pleased during the 3 day event period. We scheduled a massive all-day pool party for the guests (and us!) to fully unwind and have fun in an informal setting. Our guests could not stop talking about it!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
A piece of advice that many married couples gave us before our big day was to not let anything get in the way of our happiness and our enjoyment of all the events. Being the bride and groom, it is inevitable to be stressed about things going wrong, but it's so important to remember that you are getting married to the love of your life and you should be present to fully enjoy that. You shouldn't worry about the things that can go wrong, because things will go wrong. You should go into your wedding week with the mindset that nothing will ruin this time for you both, and to make the most of every moment because it goes by so quick.
 
I hope you enjoyed this lovely destination wedding as much as I did! See ya, ladies. 
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Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Venues: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Floral & Decor: Grupo Gama | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty | Cinematography: Mike Cantarell Films | Photographer: Jonathan Cossu Photographer


Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Jonathan Cossu Photographer

Good morning, Maharanis! Today we have a new inspiring story coming your way. And this is one will melt your heart with joy! We are starting this story by taking a look at all the beauty surrounding Sonam & Herman's pre-wedding ceremonies that were held at the majestic Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa in the stunning Cancun, Mexico. Everyone had such a great time on this exclusive and tropical spot thanks to the excellent wedding concierge Shaadi Destinations! Our beautiful Maharani showed up to the Haldi looking precious, the crew from Alex Corbanezi Beauty made sure Sonam looked magnificent. To end the pre-wedding events, every guest attended the Sangeet ceremony, where everyone had a blast night in a well-decorated and illuminated beach party. All this was possible thanks to the incredible talent from Grupo Gama, who added a perfect mix of colors and ornaments that gave an impressive look to this celebration. And we want to make a big shoutout to Jonathan Cossu Photographer for the fantastic shots they captured during the evening! If you want to check them out, make sure to visit the amazing gallery that we have prepared for today!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Herman on Halloween, in a bar in the middle of New York City, dressed up as a witch. He was dressed up in a Totoro onesie. For those of you that don't know, Totoro is a Japanese anime character that I just happened to watch religiously growing up. The rest is history.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Herman proposed to me on the beach in April 2018. He told me we were going to an engagement party, and while we were on the way he insisted on stopping off at a nearby beach to enjoy the view. When I got out of the car, I saw the most incredible set-up right there next to the water. There was champagne, a wooden arch with photos of all the memories we had made so far, flowers, and everything else I could've ever wanted. It was really something to see.
  
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of the planning process was the chance to make the events something that was truly our style. We got married in Cancun, Mexico, so we already had a destination wedding going for us. We really wanted our guests to enjoy every part of the wedding because at the end of the day, it was a vacation for them too. We scheduled out events in a way that there was one free day for guests to do as they pleased during the 3 day event period. We scheduled a massive all-day pool party for the guests (and us!) to fully unwind and have fun in an informal setting. Our guests could not stop talking about it!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
A piece of advice that many married couples gave us before our big day was to not let anything get in the way of our happiness and our enjoyment of all the events. Being the bride and groom, it is inevitable to be stressed about things going wrong, but it's so important to remember that you are getting married to the love of your life and you should be present to fully enjoy that. You shouldn't worry about the things that can go wrong, because things will go wrong. You should go into your wedding week with the mindset that nothing will ruin this time for you both, and to make the most of every moment because it goes by so quick.
 
Follow today's love story and witness the main event! Coming up next. 
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Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Venues: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Floral & Decor: Grupo Gama | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty | Cinematography: Mike Cantarell Films | Photographer: Jonathan Cossu Photographer


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