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Chicago, IL Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Good morning, ladies! We are glad to have you back because we were dying to share Ankita & Kunal's wedding celebration with all of you. So, let's wait no more and get ready to dive into this enchanting story. Planning a wedding is not easy, let alone a wedding in the times of COVID, so these lovebirds had a couple of different ideas to carry on with their special day. From a small backyard celebration to a civil wedding at City Hall, they wen over several options until they decided to have an intimate outdoor ceremony officiated at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. The bird songs and the sound of a gentle waterfall break combined with greenery created the perfect setting for Ankita & Kunal to join their lives in marriage in the company of their loved ones. Although every inch of the backdrop was mesmerizing, nothing compared to the beauty of our blushing Maharani Ankita, who looked like a vision of beauty thanks to the exquisite makeup and sleek hairstyle designed by Colleen Anne. An in case you were wondering who is the mastermind behind her spectacular Mehndi, it is no other than Unnati'Z Art. After the ceremony, a celebration dinner held at the DL Studio melted everyone's hearts with emotional speeches and tender moments. Ladies, don't miss any detail of this charming event by taking a look at the jaw-dropping shots captured by Peter Nguyen Studio in this gallery. Every image is a visual masterpiece you don't want to miss, so make sure to check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We were introduced through mutual friends - he was living in New York and I was in Chicago. Our first date was actually a FaceTime, but eventually we met in person and hit it off! There probably wasn't a single moment where I knew he was "the one" but it was a feeling that I had from the very early days - he is kind hearted, caring, fun and a foodie like me :)

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It was a cold February Saturday in Chicago, and I had a work event in the evening where significant others were invited, so Kunal was going to join me. Kunal told me that a cousin of his was visiting so we would stop by to see his cousin first, then go to the work event. So we got dressed up, and walked toward the location where his cousin supposedly was. As we walked over the Clark Street Bridge, Kunal stopped to take in the sights. I was freezing, so I was like "ok it's pretty, let's move on!" He asked if we could wait a minute and then reached in his pocket and proposed!
After the proposal, we went back to the place of our first date to grab a drink. Little did I know that Kunal had planned for my entire family and his family to be waiting for us at our apartment. We had a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends that evening.

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.
Wedding plan in the times of COVID was very difficult. We had a number of different ideas - backyard wedding at my parents' house, civil wedding at City Hall, but we landed on a very small outdoor ceremony that was fairly simple. We had a civil ceremony officiated by a judge and are hoping to have a bigger Hindu ceremony in the future.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I purchased my bridal lengha not know that I would wear it for my wedding! I bought the outfit in Jaipur a few years ago just because I thought it was very pretty. With COVID, my trip to India to shop for the wedding was canceled, and I thought the outfit I had would be perfect to us on this day.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Writing the vows with Kunal, as we though about the kind of marriage we hope to have

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
With COVID, there is a lot of uncertainty about the future. We chose to get married because we didn't want to put life on hold because of things our of our control. I would encourage brides to be (and grooms to be) to think about what is most important to them and know that weddings can be reimagined and still be very special

See you tomorrow for more. Same place, same time!

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Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Ceremony Venue: Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool | Celebration Dinner Venue: DL Studio | Hair & Makeup: Colleen Anne | Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Pin Me Up Chicago | Mehndi Artist: Unnati'Z Art | Officiant: Judge Ted Machnik


Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Vek Photo

Welcome back, beautiful ladies! We are glad you could join us today because we were dying to share all the details surrounding Ashley & Nikhil's wedding bash! This time, we will be heading to the wedding ceremony in a vibrant and joyful Baraat procession animated by DJ Riz Entertainment.  And we love how Nikhil embraced a traditional style and show up at the Baraat procession riding a white horse decorated with traditional Indian fabrics. This colorful procession created a striking scene that combined modern architecture with classic Indian colors and attires. And we cannot stretch how much we love this moment! After the arrival of the Baraat, our two lovebirds were ready to go inside the exclusive Renaissance Dallas Hotel to proceed with the wedding ceremony that united their lives in marriage. This long-awaited moment, thoroughly planned by Elaan Events, was a dream come true! Simply take a look at the lovely decoration crafted by Alpha Décor. It was mesmerizing! The soft colored adornments and multicolored floral arrangements mirrored the jaw-dropping look of our gorgeous Maharani, who donned a fashionable attire by Om Prakash Jawahar Lal, very well complemented with the exquisite makeup and hairstyle by Red Lotus Artistry. And let's not forget about the spectacular Mehndi designed by Sheetal's Henna Designs. It was all a perfect combination that made her look like a goddess! After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds with a fantastic reception party enlivened by DJ Riz Entertainment. Hands down, the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end! If you want to take a closer look at this cornucopia of beauty and flair, don't miss the spectacular shots captured by Vek Photo in today's full gallery. It is mind-blowing!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
February 24, 2018. That’s when it went down at the Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle, WA. My husband was finishing his last semester of law school, and I had an inkling that he would propose in May 2018 after graduating, since all of our families would be together for his graduation. This is why when we took a trip to one of his favorite cities, just a few months prior, a proposal was the farthest thing from my mind. He forced me to dress a little fancy prior to heading to the museum (I thought this was weird and should have expected something) and had made sure my friends had me get a manicure prior to the trip. We walked around the museum with a few of his college friends, one of whom had a fancy camera that he was using to “practice taking good pictures”. Once we entered the open gallery room, he got on one knee and proposed! I was so shocked that I just stood there staring down at him saying, “is this for real” repeatedly, until I finally said yes. Later, I learnt that he had picked the Museum for a number of reasons: 1) he knew I had never been and wanted to go, 2) proposing in Seattle would be totally unexpected, and 3) given that the Museum had glass gardens and flowers, it was beautiful year round, and there was no possibility of weather interfering with his plans.
 
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 decision-making process for the venues and vendors was 90% driven by our budget. We knew we wanted to do a wedding in Dallas and that a hotel was going be the best option since an overwhelming majority of the guests would be flying into Dallas from out of state. We researched options, toured, made pro-con lists, and the Renaissance Dallas was finally selected, particularly because not only did it fall within our budget, but it gave us the ability to have our ceremony outdoors, which had been my dream!
 
For decor, since the wedding was going to be three separate events and we would have three completely different outfits, we wanted each event to feel different and intentional. We started planning our decor themes with the ceremony and knew that we wanted an outdoor morning ceremony, and so soft light tones and pastels (i.e. light pink, ivory, pale gold, mint green, etc) were going to be perfect. We wanted the Sangeet the night before to feel fun and cultural as a good way to kick off the weekend, so we wanted lots of bright colors and decor that screamed festive. Finally, the reception as the closing piece needed to feel grand and bold. Once we had these ideas nailed down, our decorator was able to take them and run and bring us back a vision that absolutely floored us.
 
I don’t think I could’ve gotten the Bridal looks I had envisioned if I had not gone with Red Lotus Artistry. From day one, when we began with the makeup trial, Vidya listened very closely to what kind of styles and looks I was a fan of, and what I simply couldn’t stand. For example, I wanted to refrain from heavy eyeliner on the lower lid for the ceremony, given that we were going with the softer tones theme, and given that I hate lipstick, I only agreed to move forward with lighted lip shades for most of the wedding events. You want a makeup/hair artist who believes in what you do and don’t like, and doesn’t only try to impose his or her views. Your bridal makeup artist also needs to know exactly what hiccups to expect when getting ready for your wedding events, and that’s exactly what Vidya addressed during our consultation meeting. During the consultation, Vidya and I discussed how my dupattas would be draped and we ran through how every single piece of jewelry would be worn for each event. The meeting was time consuming, yet so informative and it kept us on the same page the weekend of the wedding.
 
We initially were worried about identifying and communicating with the vendors in Dallas, because we both lived in Washington, DC. Luckily, we had the absolute best wedding planner, Christina Thomas at Elaan Events, to help navigate us through the process. She was able to give us multiple options within our budget for each vendor, and made sure we were 100% happy with each one before proceeding onto the next matter. It has now been three months since the wedding took place, and we can look back with certainty that each was the best choice.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Pink. My bridal lehanga was destined to be a shade of pink since god knows when. Walking into Om Parkash Jawahar Lal in Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, and seeing all of the endless options of dazzling lehengas, something clicked and I knew that even though this was the first shop we were visiting, it would be the last and my lehenga would have to come from here. Luckily, my parents and aunts had already done their homework by visiting this shop prior to me even landing in New Delhi, so that made me feel even more comfortable with sticking to Om Parkash Jawahar Lal...which I highly recommend, brides!
 
Given that pink was non-negotiable, and that we wanted the ceremony to be pastel themed, accenting my lehenga with sea green was the perfect choice, especially since my husband loves the color green and was happy to find a sea green sherwani with light pink accents to compliment my outfit.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Hands down the food and cake tastings were the most enjoyable parts of the planning process. Is it possible that amidst the minutiae of wedding planning and logistics, anything could have been more enjoyable than being fed a variety of scrumptious appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and then making decisions with our stomachs instead of our minds? Although I’ve got to say, pinning wedding outfits and henna designs to my Pinterest boards, which I’d share with my mother and mother-in-law to get their input, was also exciting and not stressful, so I’d consider this a close second.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The Ceremony! One would think that a late morning ceremony, on the terrace of the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, with perfect weather that wasn’t too hot or cold, with absolutely stunning soft pastel decor would have been what made the ceremony so memorable. But, all of that ended up being sides to the entree, that was the priest, Panditji Pattabhirama Krishna Jois. The guests were blown away by the fact that our traditional Hindu priest not only spoke in excellent English and was able to easily explain every step, but also that he was funny and engaging to a point where he felt as though he was an emcee. Many of our guests had not been to a traditional desi wedding before, and instead of sitting there bored and confused for an hour, they were entertained and were able to feel like they were part of all of the rituals.
 
Long story short, the engaging ceremony coupled with the perfect environment/vibe is something our guests have not stopped talking about.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I feel like every bride, who has her wedding fresh in her mind, has all kinds of knowledge they want to impart on all brides-to-be. Here are my two cents:
 
1) Enjoy the engagement period for at least the first 1-2 months before you dive into planning mode. You really want to take that time to just be on cloud nine before you become occupied with dates, locations, and the endless wedding related decisions to be made.
 
2) The wedding planning process is like running a marathon. Don’t sprint!! Sticking to deadlines is essential, which your planner will guide you on. But don’t try to do everything at once. During this process, remember to keep an open dialogue with your fiance! Your partner needs to be a part of the conversations. Remember, it’s not just your marathon!

We have more romantic stories coming your way, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more!
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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Red Lotus Artistry | Cinematographer: Vibe Films | Sangeet / Ceremony / Reception Venue: Renaissance Dallas | Planning & Design: Elaan Events | Floral & Decor: Alpha Décor | Catering: Desi District | Catering: Peacock Plano | Bridal Fashions: Om Prakash Jawahar Lal | Cake & Treats: Frosted by Neema | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Kaagaz | Mehndi Artist: Sheetal's Henna Designs | Photo Booth: Abbeniel Photo Studio | Transportation: Prime Limo | Photography: Vek Photo


Rochester Hills, MI Indian Wedding by Killer Creations Photography

Happy Tuesday, darlings! We are glad you could join us today because we have a romantic love story that we were dying to share with you, so let's get right into it! This time, Killer Creations Photography and Cinematography take us on a visual journey through Annapurna & Madhav's intimate wedding celebrated during COVID-19 times. Right from the start, we have to say that we absolutely loved every moment of this event, as it was a reminder that against all odds, love always wins! From the spectacular Mandap designed by Marigold Wedding Planners to the minimalist yet on-point decor crafted by Annapurna & Madhav's family and friends, everything was charming and ultra-special. Our gorgeous Maharani Annapurna burst into the scene looking like a princess thanks to Sandhya Sree Athmakuri and Makeup By JHobby, who took care of her hairstyle and makeup needs. And we have no words to describe such a stunning bridal look. The icing on the cake was the artistic Mehndi outlined by Henna Beauty by Krupa. Tradition and beauty at its best! Hands down, this was the perfect scenario for these lovebirds to join their lives in marriage. After tying the knot, Annapurna & Madhav celebrated along with their family and guests to the beats of Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth, whose endless repertoire is always a delight to listen! If you want to check more of this intimate celebration, wait no more and take a look at this awe-inspiring gallery. It will take your breath away, not to mention that you'll get tons of inspiration to plan your wedding!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I had just graduated nursing school, with a world of opportunities at my feet. My sister, Srivi, and I decided to go down to California for a few days to kick back, relax, and celebrate this huge accomplishment. We stayed with some friends and while we were there met various people but didn't think much of it. It was a pretty uneventful trip, and we joked about how crazy it would be if we met the person we were going to marry on that trip. We both thought there was absolutely no way that would happen. Oh how wrong were we. The last day we were there, we met Madhav's parents through some mutual family friends. Soon enough, Madhav and I were introduced and started talking and the rest, as they say, is history.  A few texts every so often turned to daily phone calls and FaceTime dates. Some words exchanged here and there quickly turned into conversations about life, our goals and dreams, plans for the future, our hardships and struggles, our successes, and what makes us who we are today. Every minute I spent with him felt natural and real, like we had known each other our entire lives. We quickly became best friends and realized that we couldn't spend our lives without each other.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
As much as I hate surprises, one thing I have dreamed about since I was 10 years old was my dream surprise proposal. Madhav was planning to come into town to visit, and we had made plans to go see Hamilton in Detroit, since it was one of his all time favorite musicals. What I didn't know was that he was planning to propose that night, and that his sister, brother-in-law, and parents all flew on the same red eye flight as him to be there for the surprise happening later that evening and hid in the airport until after I picked him up to leave. Madhav had made a huge deal about the show, saying we should go full out with getting dressed up, having my hair and nails done, and just getting all decked out for the show. I thought it was fun how excited he was about the whole thing and went along with it because who doesn't love getting dressed up?  We got to the venue and were taking pictures and having a great time. While the show was amazing, Madhav was acting super strange throughout. He would scoot me to walk in front of him so I wasn't directly beside him and wouldn't look at or talk to me during the course of the show. Naturally, I just assumed he was just so mesmerized by the show, even when he was shady and left me alone for a few after the show, which I later found out was to make some calls. What I also didn't realize was that during the show, my sisters and family had ventured to a beautiful local park where they created an ideal scene for the perfect proposal. Usually I like to know the entire plan of the day and was getting antsy that I didn't know what we were doing after the show, but I was attempting to be less uptight about plans and trying to play it cool, even when he randomly suggested that we go to "the park you always went to as a kid" to take some pictures. When we got to the park, I started telling Madhav tons of stories from my childhood that happened in that park, completely oblivious to the fact that he was very clearly not paying attention. As we were walking, he randomly pointed to a tree, which i soon realized was covered in lights and pictures of us throughout our lives. Immediately, I knew what was happening. Madhav made a nice speech and popped the question with a stealthy photographer capturing the whole thing. All parents and siblings joined in to finish the surprise and capped off this special day with a delicious dinner!

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.
Before COVID-19 hit, I had pretty much our entire wedding planned by the beginning of 2020. I love weddings and knew pretty much exactly what I wanted my wedding to look like and which vendors I wanted to go with well before Madhav even proposed. Because it was important to us to have a pretty traditional and religious wedding ceremony, both of our parents were able to help communicate with the temple facilities and the priest in making that all possible. I had been following the Indian wedding circuit in the Metro Detroit area for a while now so when it came time to book hair, make up, photography, etc., I basically knew exactly who and what I wanted so I had most of our vendors booked within a few weeks after we got engaged. Booking all these venues and vendors early on in the wedding planning process eased a lot of my stress as we moved forward. All our vendors were incredible in being flexible and helping us make our day incredible, especially with the date changes and uncertainty that COVID-19 brought with it. If it weren't for these amazing vendors, our day wouldn't have been as wonderful as it was.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We chose to have a traditional Hindu Telugu wedding ceremony, and so I relied on my parents and in- laws a lot for help picking the clothes I would wear for all the traditional ceremonies. My mom and I met my in-laws in India, and we traveled to Kanchi, where I ended up picking the sari I wore for the first half of our wedding. Before COVID, I had found the most beautiful purple lengha in Hyderabad but it was too grand for the backyard reception we ended up having because of COVID. So I decided to wear this elegant periwinkle chikaankari lengha that I got stitched in India with the help of my cousin.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Although COVID-19 significantly altered our original plans of big venues with large crowds, with the amazing help of our closest family and friends, we were able to share something really special. Being able to turn my childhood home into a dream backyard wedding venue was incredible. We shared so many laughs and DIY moments together, and these are memories I'll carry with me for the rest of my life.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We recognize that any sort of gathering in 2020 raises eyebrows and I think the one thing that guests loved about our wedding was the care we took in making sure everyone was able to stay safe. We had a temperature screening station where all guests had to be screened for COVID symptoms prior to entering the events, provided masks for all our guests, had hand sanitizer stations everywhere, placed chairs at safe distances from each other, and had CDC guidelines posted throughout the wedding. Also, because of COVID-19 guidelines, we had a more intimate, outdoor wedding that guests said they loved.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The two moments that still constantly play in my head are when I was carried to the madapam by my maternal uncles while sitting in a basket. It was such a cool feeling being surrounded by so many of my favorite people who I had known my entire life. The other moment was when the curtain separating Madhav and I was lifted and we got to see each other for the first time during the muhurtham. It was so surreal seeing each other and knowing we were going to be together forever.

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.
The theme for all the wedding events was simple but elegant, as all the events took place at my parents home. For the pre-wedding ceremonies that were more religious based, we tried to keep the decoration and outfits as traditional as possible. The decorations for our backyard reception were simple, with fairy lights illuminating all the trees and connecting the different tents spread out together. While our mandapam was rented and assembled by the kind folks at Marigold Weddings, the remainder of the decorations were a labor of love from close family and friends.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
In a world where everything is changing, sometimes you don't need a huge wedding with hundreds of people for your event to be special. Find the things that are most important to you and your fiance and focus your energy on that. No matter what, the day will always be special because it's your day. So try to find joy in all aspects of making it happen.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Because COVID-19 prevented so many of our closest friends and families from attending, we livestreamed all our events so those who were not able to attend in person could be a part of our celebrations from the safety of their homes.

That is all for today, darlings. See you tomorrow for more inspiring details to start planning your dream wedding!

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Photography: Killer Creations Photography and Cinematography | Cinematography: Killer Creations Photography and Cinematography | DJ: Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth | Lighting: Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth | Floral & Decor: Marigold Wedding Planners | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bride's Home | Ceremony & Reception Decor: Homemade by Family & Friends | Wedding Hair: Sandhya Sree Athmakuri | Wedding & Reception Makeup: Makeup By JHobby | Catering: Olive Garden Catering | Cake & Treats: The Home Bakery | Mehndi Artist: Henna Beauty by Krupa


Clarksville, MD Indian Wedding by Photographick Studios

Ladies, we hope you are ready to have your hearts melted with tenderness and joy because Xama & Neel's wedding, during COVID, will take your breath away! Due to the emergence of COVID-19, these lovebirds had to make one of the most significant decisions in their lives. Cancel the original date and postpone the wedding, or get the most out of this unfortunate situation and let the show continue. They went back and forth, but in the end, they made a bold decision and decided to keep the original date of their wedding and become husband and wife on June 27th, 2020. To comply with the state guidelines, only 50 guests attended the ceremony, including the priest, photographer, and DJ. Also, they shared a Zoom link to let friends and relatives watch from across the world. They also had a drive-by for friends & family who couldn't be part of the ceremony. Hands down a demonstration that no challenge can stand between you and your loved one once you are truly in love! The wedding ceremony was an ode to charm and beauty thanks to Posh Kreations Events, who took care of the planning, and Aishas Wedding Decor, who crafted a heavenly decor that set the mood for this long-awaited event. Our gorgeous Maharani stole all the looks walking down the aisle dressed in a fashionable lengha from AsoPalav, and rocking a glamorous makeup and hairstyle designed by Make-up by Sonia I. The icing on the cake was the artistic Mehndi designed by Solah Shringar. And we have no words to describe how much we loved her bridal look! The entire event, animated by Powerhouse DJs, is one to remember! If you want to take a closer look at all the mesmerizing details of it, don't miss the shots captured by Photographick Studios in today's gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Neel and I met at Garba on a cold October night – Just your typical Guju way of meeting your soulmate –To start off the Garba season, I was dancing & swirling my way through a crowd full of people, while Neel was perfecting his Garba moves with his friends.

Neel decided to jump in the line but my smile instantly caught his eye! It was love at first sight and Neel couldn't keep his eyes off how beautiful I looked that night. Little did I know that I was ready to get introduced to the love of my life that night.

In typical Neel fashion, a Taco Bell run was the perfect way to end Garba that night, he knew he somehow had to get me to ‘Taco chance on him’ in life. After many attempts to ‘Burrito around the bush,’ I finally agreed to go on our first date.

Months and months passed as our feelings grew stronger, and Neel knew I was someone special in his life he could not let go of. On a hot summer day in July, he planned a special date at the Georgetown Waterfront. He asked me to be his girlfriend with a special heart necklace – I must have thought this guy was pretty special because I made an easy choice by saying yes. As Neel was walking me back to the train station, we got caught up in conversation.... Neel almost missed getting off the train – it was our own DDLJ moment!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neel knew he wanted to have a lifetime of memories with me and he knew he had to give me the Bollywood proposal of my dreams. Neel was a pro at surprising me- only this time around, it was the biggest surprise of my life. He knew he couldn’t mess this one up. So, what better way than using Works Fall Social to get me dressed and ready to impress? Using the help of both our siblings, family, and friends, he got me to the location. I was absolutely speechless to walk into my very own Bollywood proposal surrounded by family & friends! I immediately had tears in my eyes as I walked down to the red carpet that was decorated with flowers, candles, and photos of all our adventures in life. The camera was flashing & finally my Superman got down on one knee and asked the most important question of his life: “Will you marry me; I will even eat Khichdi for you” & of course, I said YES to my Prince Charming!

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.
Due to the pandemic, the planning process had became very stressful since we were re planning the whole wedding all over again. We contacted all the vendors again to see if they can accommodate to a smaller scale wedding. Our vendors worked with us in such a short period of time and made our wedding day possible.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a floral outfit with non traditional color combination. I fell in love with the Asopalav floral lengha from the very first moment I saw it and it was exactly what I had in mind from the design to the color combination. I used Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration and ideas for all my outfits.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was designing all my outfits, jewelry, & looks for the different events. I also enjoyed planning all the details with our family and how we all worked hard to making our wedding so special with so many different ideas. It also brought all of us closer together.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved how intimidate our wedding ceremony was. All our guests who were not able to join in person, got the chance to watch it via our LiveStream and on Zoom and they complimented how amazing of a job we did in planning this wedding. Many said that they enjoyed this wedding more than the traditional wedding that we are all used to. They also loved how we were able to plan such a creative and beautiful wedding despite the situation of re planning just 4 weeks before the wedding.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There was many special moments from our wedding but the one that caught me off guard was the dance performance by Neel along with all his groomsman. After his performance, our friends had surprised the both of us a with flash mob right after the baraat. Our first look on our wedding day was also my special moment from the wedding. The very first time we saw each other on our wedding day and thought wow we did it and the most awaited day is finally here. We got to hug each other a little closer and enjoy the special moment alone while getting our portraits taken.

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.
Neel and my mehndi event were joined, and the color theme was green for both of our family. I love decorating and being creative, so I had a simple but such an elegant umbrella theme backdrop with lots of colorful drapes, pillows, cushions, and lanterns. Our 2nd event, Grah Shanti, was held separately at our own homes. I had a floral, greenery theme with white elephants displayed on wooden crates. The 3rd day was our beautiful backyard wedding. There was an arch in the front of the house that was decorated with pink and gold drapes with Ganesh on the side. As you walk down the pathway towards the backyard, there was another arch decorated with beautiful fresh flowers followed by the isle. The isle was made with drapes and flowers inside a glass stage that lead to the beautiful mandap which was decorated with lots and lots of beautiful fresh flowers that complimented both of our outfits. My side of the family had mint and gold color combination and Neels side had gold and red combination for the wedding outfits.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The wisdom for Brides to be is to enjoy each moment when planning your wedding. Make your wedding about you and not others. Focus on what you, your partner and your family want without thinking about what others are going to think.

That is all for today, darlings! See you tomorrow for more!

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Photography: Photographick Studios | Photography: Photographick Studios | Floral & Decor: Aishas Wedding Decor | DJ: Powerhouse DJs | Venue: Backyard | Planning & Design: Posh Kreations Events | Hair & Makeup: Make-up by Sonia I | Catering: Rangoli | Bridal Fashions: AsoPalav | Mehndi Artist: Solah Shringar | Transportation: Go Exotics


Mahwah, NJ Indian Wedding by Ami Video & Jay Arora Photography

Happy Thursday, darlings! We're excited you could join us today because we were dying to share with you all the fabulous details surrounding Sandhya & Nitin's outdoor wedding ceremony held at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel. The big day started with a romantic and fun-loving first look photoshoot that we are sure will take your breath away! After the photoshoot, it was time to proceed with the wedding ceremony thoroughly planned and designed by the acclaimed team from Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner. Hands down, their fantastic work took this ceremony to the next level! The impressive Mandap, the delicate placement of the ornaments, and the overall decor crafted by Abhishek Decorators were amazing beyond words. They created the perfect backdrop for Sandhya & Nitin to tie the knot in the company of their family and closest friends. Our gorgeous Maharani Sandhya walked down the aisle, looking like a vision of beauty thanks to Makeup by Anita, who took care of her fabulous makeup and hairstyle, and Mehndikalogie, who designed the spectacular Mehndi that everyone loved. To immortalize this long-awaited event, Ami Video and Jay Arora Photography worked their magic and captured jaw-dropping shots that will leave you sighing! The best of all is that we have compiled them all in today's full gallery. It is mindblowing, and we are sure it will get your inspiration going!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Nitin and I met through a dating website called “The League.” While I was somewhat skeptical that I would meet “the one” through a dating website, I thought it was worth a shot. Unfortunately, Nitin had been told by his sister to not look too overeager, and it took him a month to ask me out! I kept thinking “I’m done with this guy if he doesn’t ask me on a date” but then he would say something funny or cute, and I had to give him a little more time. After a few months of going on dates, we went to the movies to watch a Bollywood film, and we were cracking each other up in line for the snacks. I thought “if we can have this much fun just waiting on line for a movie, we can have fun anywhere.”
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Through a combination of deduction, seeing a Google Chrome tab open on his phone and a girls trip that got cancelled, I figured out that Nitin was going to propose to me on our “dating anniversary” at the Upper East Side restaurant Daniel. Nitin knew that I had a dream wedding ring picked out but he got a pair of earrings to propose with so that I could design my ring, so I knew something was up when I spotted the earrings on his phone. Daniel being the romantic spot that it is, and on a special date had my mind thinking we were getting engaged there, so I would mention in the days leading up to the date “I know you’re proposing to me with earrings at Daniel on Friday night.” What I didn’t know was that he managed a few surprises in that. First, he had my friend take me out before the dinner and convince me that because I had guessed the proposal, he cancelled the plan and was just taking me to anniversary dinner. He then planned for a bunch of our close friends to be on the roof of my apartment for a surprise engagement night party. Once at the restaurant, the wine and food were flowing and he got down on one knee while the waiter took photos…and didn’t propose! He told me that since I figured out the plan, and that he wanted it to be a surprise, he was not going to propose just yet. He gave me the earrings as an anniversary gift, and I thought “OK, it’s not tonight but it will be soon.” I then noticed Nitin looking around, and I jokingly said “are you looking for my Mom?” because I had told Nitin before that after getting engaged, I always wanted my Mom to be there. Nitin told me that my parents were not in the city, as they had another party to go to. Once I heard that, I started crying. Nitin of course got a little worried that I was crying so much, and he told me the waiters were taking us to a lounge area to have champagne and dessert for our anniversary. Tearfully, I followed Nitin into the lounge where I found our parents and our siblings who toasted us. Before I knew it, Nitin was on his knees for the second time, this time with a ring, and he said “I told you that I wouldn’t make you wait long. Sandhya, will you marry me.” And not to ruin the suspense, but I said yes!
 
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 wedding, especially an Indian wedding, is never really easy. In 2020, with the global pandemic, it added a new level to how trying the whole process could be! There were many late nights of calls, analyzing contracts, and just wondering if we could even have the wedding at all. As New Jersey state restrictions limited the number of people indoors, we had to move the ceremony outdoors and limit the number of guests, which meant 3 weeks before the date we had to move to an entirely new venue! I was very lucky to have our good family friend and wedding planning superstar Urvashi Mishra by my side during the whole experience, as she helped me walk through the whole replanning. For the sake of safety, we postponed the reception and other events to our 1 year anniversary next year, so in a way the wedding festivities have not ended yet! Finally, when the day actually came, the venue, hair and makeup, and décor all looked more incredible than we could have ever imagined. It was like being in a dream, and Nitin and I couldn’t believe how lucky we were to be married in the midst of such beauty. None of it would have been possible without Urvashi and our other wonderful vendors: Abhishek Decorators, DNS Event Solutions, Ami Photography, Jay Arora Photography, the Sheraton Mahwah and so many more. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My first plan was to wear mom’s wedding lehenga, which we took to India in early 2020. The plan was for it to be repolished and tailored by our tailor in Delhi, and to buy a deep rose gold lehenga for my reception. However, when we came back to the States and were shipped the clothes we had made in India, my reception lehenga arrived but in the wrong color! Blush pink instead of deep rose gold! But something totally unexpected happened – I fell in love with the pink lehenga once I saw it. In fact, I loved it so much that I made the reception lehenga my wedding lehenga (an easy choice since the reception was postponed for 1 year due to COVID). I did also manage to get the wonderful emotional significance of wearing something from my mom’s wedding, though. For one of the pre-wedding events, my Mom gave me a lehenga that she had made out of a sari her Dad gifted her at her own wedding. In the end, it all worked out amazingly and I couldn’t be happier.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
One of the parts of wedding planning I do miss is the trip I took with my Mom and Nitin to India at the start of the year. The shopping in Delhi filled our days, and especially was amazing for me to spend so much time with my Grandmother – she was on her feet with us all day, and probably had more energy than all of us at when we got back to our hotel at the end of each day! Nitin and I also got to visit his Grandmother and family in Bangalore which was fun because we were attending his cousin’s wedding there. It was beautiful to see an Indian wedding in India as I was planning my Indian wedding in America. The trip is extra special in my memory because neither of our Grandmothers in India were able to attend our ceremony in person due to the pandemic, so we will always cherish the memories of our trip, and look forward to visiting them again in India when we can.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After the wedding, I heard from so many of the guests that they loved the ceremony, and they cited all sorts of different things. Some loved the custom protective face masks we provided our guests, designed by me and hand crafted in India just for our event. Many told me they loved the detailed program which I designed with my sister in law to explain all the different rituals and their significance, allowing our friends and family to follow along and understand each step of the way. Others loved the individual servings of Indian ice cream we provided during a break in the ceremony when I changed clothes from my lehenga to my sari. But above all the logistics, what our guests and I loved most were the beautiful vows Nitin wrote.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The first thing that comes to mind is the vows. They were a chance for us to share how incredible the moment was and how deeply in love we were feeling – the emotions were heightened, and I could feel all the love in the air.
 
We also held a small party for family and close friends on the Friday before the ceremony, where I surprised Nitin by doing a choreographed dance medley to several of our favorite Bollywood hits. Watching his eyes light up and seeing him sway and mouth the words, I could tell he was shocked, overjoyed, and so excited. He couldn’t help himself and even came on the floor in the middle of the performance get in on the fun!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The first thing I’d say is: there’s no such thing as standard or normal or wedding etiquette anymore. You can’t be ruled by what you think you’re supposed to do, or what some people might expect. The most important thing when you look back on your wedding is to know that you put together an event that lines up with what you, your husband, and your families really want and what makes you happy. Also if you can I’d strongly recommend having someone who is a dedicated “day of” coordinator. There will be so much going through your head on the wedding day, having someone who is focused on all the little things so that you can think about and feel the big things lets you enjoy the day more. And if you hire an amazing wedding planner like Urvashi everything will be taken care of before you even have to ask, and the day will feel like it’s supposed to feel: like magic.

What a lovely story, isn't it, ladies? Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more!
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Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner | Mehndi Venue: The Palisadium | Ceremony Venue: Sheraton Mahwah Hotel | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: DNS Events | Cinematography: Ami Video | Priest: Krishna Bhat Varanasi | Garlands: Vivek Flowers | Tent: Taylor Rental | Photography: Ami Video | Photography: Jay Arora Photography


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