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Somerset, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Priyanca Rao Photography

Welcome to another inspiring love story, Maharanis! Priyanca Rao Photography amazed us one more time with an extraordinary wedding album you will love. This time the visual storytellers narrate the union of Shruthi and Joffie, a New Jersey couple that hosted a magical Christian-Indian soiree that was nothing short but a dream. Even when they had to make some tweaks to their original plans, one thing is for certain, Eventify's experts organized everything and assured the couple still had a fabulous event. First, they exchanged vows in a beautiful and unique Christian ceremony. The large wedding party that joined the newlyweds for the occassion really dressed to impress. The lovely ladies donned WestxEast's royal blue lehengas, while neat blue suits from Robbie & Co provided the perfect style for the gentlemen. They coordinate perfectly! Now let's draw your attention to Maharani Shruti. She was unquestionably the queen of the day, wearing an Enaura Bridal white long sleeves lace gown and finished the look with a spectacular veil. Our bride went for a natural yet glowy makeup, nailing the perfect wedding look thanks to the beauty expert Arfana Jasar. Joffie joined the love of his life on their big day wearing an impeccable black tux provided by Robbie & Co. They both looked wonderfully elegant together. They picked the iconic Marigold, an enchanting spot that offered an extraordinary room to build great memories for their final event. Loza Events made the most of this grandiose space and decorated it with a geometric arch that will leave you in awe! From Chand Palace's food, flowers, the music of MVP DJs, and the multiple dances, it was a memorable and upscale affair! Don't miss any detail, and take a look at this dreamy union's images in our complete gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met JJ when I was visiting one of my friends in Philadelphia. I knew he was the one very early on in our relationship. I remember falling in love with how genuine, kindhearted, and God fearing he was. I think the moment I knew I would marry him was when I was having a bad day and lashed out at him and he responded to me by asking if he could pray with me. I still remember all the anger/sadness melted away in that moment, and was replaced with peace. I knew that God brought this man into my life in that moment and that he had a plan for us. JJ does that to this day, he grounds me, is the person I lean on, and can count on the most. I truly feel blessed to have married my best friend!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a hard person to surprise, however leave it to JJ to pull off the best surprise. I was attending my friends wedding in South Jersey and was staying at the hotel there after the wedding Saturday night. The next morning some of us had breakfast at the hotel and my siblings/one of my friends tricked me into going to this friend's hotel room to get something. Little did I know that I was headed to the start of my proposal. I walked to the door and saw an envelope with my name written on it taped to the door and responded hey look its my name. I just thought it was a coincidence and it took me a minute or two to register what was going on. I turned and saw my sister with her phone out and finally realized what was going on. She told me to open the door. I was completely surprised and still in shock but begin to open the door. Once I opened the door, I saw a room filled with rose gold balloons with pictures and messages attached to the bottom, and one of my best friends hiding in the room. There was a card with an envelope waiting for me on the bed. In it was a sweet note from JJ telling me to get ready and meet him where it all began. My sister had sneakily packed a dress, heels, and my jewelry for me. I got ready and was driven to the Philadelphia Art Museum which is where JJ had asked me to be his girlfriend five years ago. I was brought to the back where the gazebo was and saw him waiting for me. He met me and walked me towards the beautifully decorated gazebo where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes! Afterwards, we met our closest family and friends at a restaurant to celebrate.

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 the wedding was difficult due to Covid-19. We had a majority of our wedding planned out prior to Covid hitting however a lot of things came to a stand still. The most difficult thing about planning or having a wedding during Covid was the uncertainty. I remember we couldn't send out invitations until 1-2 months prior to our wedding because there was changing guidelines on the amount of guests we were allowed. We had to send evites rather than physical invites due to the time constraint. We had to adjust our guest list to half the number, and a lot of our family from other states were not able to attend. We hired a live stream vendor (sumodjacobphotography) in order to share our special day with those who could not attend. Sumod did an amazing job! We were truly so lucky to have amazing vendors that worked with us during Covid. Arfana Jasar, my hair and makeup artist, made me feel so comfortable while doing my make up. She wore a mask, gloves and got tested prior to my wedding. She executed my natural hair and makeup look that I wanted so beautifully! My florist and decorator, Sarah (Loza events) adjusted all my decor from outdoors to indoor the week before my wedding (Governor Murphy of NJ had just announced that we could have indoor events with limited capacity starting the weekend of my wedding) and she captured my vision perfectly. I still remember being in awe of all the decor walking out after being announced as husband and wife for the first time at our reception. WestxEast, the company that created my custom bridesmaids outfits ensured that my bridesmaids outfits were made during lockdown and reached me from India prior to my wedding. I absolutely loved how my bridesmaids outfits turned out, they were so classy and stunning! Our event coordinators from Eventify (Aji and Neethu) sat on many long calls with us hammering out details and last minute changes and were on top of making sure everything/everyone complied with Covid protocols and that things ran smoothly. Our photographer (Priyanca Rao), videographer (Urmil Dalal) and DJ/MC (MVP DJS) made us feel so comfortable our whole wedding day and made it feel like a normal event during a time when things didnt. They helped us to forget about Covid for a day and helped add to our special day so much. Although the planning process due to Covid was pretty stressful, JJ and I were able to have the best wedding due to our family and our amazing vendors.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All our guests came up to us to thank us for helping them safe at our wedding. We complied with all the Covid protocols with tables being 6ft or more apart, having guests wear masks, and having hand sanitizer at each table. Our wedding was one of the first events that many of our guests came out of lockdown for and many people were nervous at being at a large event. However after attending the wedding, all our guests made it a point to come tell us that they felt safe and thanked us for ensuring that. We were extremely thankful that nobody contracted Covid at our wedding.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment in my wedding that constantly replays in my mind is the first look we did prior to our wedding. We met at our venue at the gazebo in the back prior to our wedding ceremony. I still remember feeling so overwhelmed with emotion walking towards him waiting for me in the gazebo and the small on his face when he turned around and saw me. He started to tear up and hugged me so tight. We then proceeded to pray together and thank God for bringing us together This moment was just for us and it was so special. Our photographer Priyanca Rao did an amazing job capturing this moment.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
After planning my wedding, the biggest piece of advice I would give to other brides is to choose vendors who you connect really well with and who are genuine. I have to say my vendors went above and beyond during a very difficult time and that ensured that we were able to enjoy our special day.

Don't forget to read our last feature of the week tomorrow!

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Hair & Makeup: Arfana Jasar | Photography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Venue: The Marigold | Planning & Design: Eventify | Floral & Decor: Loza Events | Catering: Chand Palace | DJ: MVP DJs | DJ: DJ Rewind NYC | Bridal Fashion- White Gown: Enaura Bridal | Dessert: Chand Palace | Cinematography: Suvern Studios | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Zola/Paperless Post | Transportation: Express Coach Limousine Service | Groom's Outfit: Robbie & Co | Accomodations: AC Hotel Bridgewater | Bridesmaid’s Outfits: WestxEast | Groomsmen's Outfits: Robbie & Co | Bridesmaid’s Hair & Makeup: Glamorous by Juanita | Wedding Dress Atelier: Jaehee Bridal | Cinematography: Urmil Dalal Studios | Livestream: Sumod Jacob Photography | Wedding Cake: Sweet Passion Cakery


Pleasanton, CA Indian Wedding by Anza Foto

Good morning Maharanis! Creating an intimate covid-friendly wedding doesn't mean your soiree will be any less ravishing! Pooja & Mihir postponed their big wedding plans for health and safety reasons but decided to withstand the circumstances and create the most wonderful backyard wedding. This cute pair gave us a lesson of all the perks a "micro wedding" can have: personal touches, a relaxed vibe to enjoy every special moment with no rush, and best of all, it's super romantic! After all, love is all that matters. Anza Foto + Film joined today's couple during their magical day. The team captured the highlights and tender moments that started with a super unique first look photoshoot at the high school where they met. I adore the classroom portraits. Super sweet! Pooja's home, just right around the corner from the school, was picked as the perfect space to tie the knot. At this meaningful venue, Aesthetika Events helped bring their vision to life, creating a mandap decked with abundant foliage and blush pink flowers. While a carnation flower curtain served as a backdrop for the traditional marriage rituals. The event was live-streamed through Zoom so the rest of their family and friends could witness the I Do's and, of course, interact with the couple to make them feel even more special. Thank you, technology! Beauty pros M-Sutra Bride dolled up Maharani Pooja in the comfort o and assured she looked flawless in her feminine pink lehenga. The entire look is love at first sight. Mihir also donned the same shade and accented his outfit with a gold and pink turban that made him embraced his inner Raja. Denise Lillie Engagements planned the unforgettable celebration by taking care of all details and providing them with an intimate affair they didn't know they needed. I'm sure they made Pooja and Mihir really happy. Congrats to the newlyweds also, thanks to Anza Foto + Film for spreading the joy by sharing this beautiful wedding day. Check our full gallery for more!

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I hoped you enjoyed this micro Indian wedding as much as we did! Have a good one.

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Hair & Makeup: M-Sutra Bride | Planning & Design: Denise Lillie Engagements | Photography: Anza Foto + Film | Floral & Decor: Aesthetika Events


Palm Springs, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Rahul Rana Photography

Maharanis is so good to bring you another pre-pandemic wedding story. Sheena and Julio are a beautiful Indian Venezuelan couple that will overflow your screen with color and joy. These Californian lovebirds celebrated several auspicious pre-wedding events at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas. Both, the groom and bride's family and friends gathered at this exclusive resort to mingle and inaugurate the celebrations with a Sangeet night. Flamenco Fever Dallas entertained the guests while Jay Bharat indulged them with Indian dishes; the Sangeet was the perfect occasion to introduce the groom's side to the rich Indian cuisine and vibrant traditions. Brilliant! To honor Maharani Sheena's background, an enchanting Hindu ceremony was held in the vast gardens of Omni Rancho Las Palmas and turned out just spectacular. All the grandeur of Indian weddings' rituals were displayed under an austere yet charming draped mandap that Artisan Events created with love for the duo. Events by C helped bring come to life the wedding concept planning with meticulous organization and attention to detail every aspect of the union. The fairy godmother of brides, Dolled up by Lulu showed off her talent, creating stunning hair and makeup for Sheena that lasted from the first event to her last dance. Our today's bride completed her look with a splendid Manshaa Manshaa The Designer Studio's lehenga and coordinated colors with her dapper groom. I love how flawlessly Julio embraced his new culture and debuted as the ultimate Raja. That's great!  Wahh World Fusion Band created a sophisticated and jazzy environment for the reception while Natraj Restaurants & Catering provided a top-notch dinner for the newlyweds' big night. Thanks to Rahul Rana Photography for providing such an amazing bundle of images that will transport you to this one-of-a-kind multicultural union. Click on the complete gallery and scroll down to see more!

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Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
First and foremost we kept the beautiful words of Maya Angelou in mind as we adapted the motto "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Likewise, we chose our venue and vendors with the same consciousness in mind. And we cannot sing enough praises for all the beautiful people involved in making this event a success. Did I mention, our wedding was March 14, 2020? Just imagine what was going through the minds of all our guests and dedicated vendors as the world was rapidly shutting down around us all.

Julio and I area all about planning. The first decision we made was to hire a wedding planner with experience with Indian Weddings. We knew this would be the seed to grow the roots that would support everything that was to come in planning the multiple day event, and that really paid off when we were faced with a global pandemic.

Chandani and her team at Events by C were absolute rockstars. Obsessed with spreadsheets (we love that), resourceful, graceful, calm, patient, and were pivotal in making everything a success. They took such good care of us and our families that they felt like family themselves. At any moment that something was needed before and during the events, they were always within arm's reach and made sure things happened straight away. Carly McGarry was an absolute gem of a Wedding Venue Coordinator at Omni Rancho Las Palmas and quickly became part of that dream team. We can not say enough about the kindness, flexibility, time and care she gave us. Neither of us would ever have imagined choosing a golf course as a venue, we made the decision based on Carly's hospitality, convenience for guests and experience overall that we'd be able to provide. Again, the best decision ever when we had to made last minute decisions and changes for safety protocols against many unknowns that were to come due to the pandemic. Between Events By C and Carly, they made it all look so easy and we could not be more grateful.

Archana at Manshaa & Zevara by Archana quickly became a dear friend. She put so much care into our wedding outfits, every little piece has a story and every material of the highest quality. What an amazing talent. Neha Assar's skills need no introduction and no words can describe, she puts so much care and deep meaning into every inch. She is also the most gentle kind person you could work with and she is also a friend we hold close to our hearts. Lulu and her team were absolutely amazing. There is no doubt they are the absolute best for hair and make-up, but a little fun fact is when Lulu was dolling me up was the only moment I personally felt overwhelmed by the pandemic. Lulu handled the situation like a boss and got me back on track to enjoy everything. We're so grateful to her and her team.

Food by Natraj was incredible, took me back to the best restaurants in India and hands down the most seamless coordination with the venue. Jay Bharat is our regular go to and they never disappoint. Alexander at Amara Cafe provided incredibly delicious treats and kind service for our Venezuelan catering in conjunction with the very talented Omni Chef who wowed us with is Venezuelan dishes. Olive Wood Pizza was very easy to work with and was absolutely delicious. All of our vendors were truly amazing for our Indian Venezuelan mix from the Flamenco Dancers, Indian World Jazz Band, Indian DJ, KG Henna, local Artisan Decor, Rahul Rana Photography and Sunbeat Films. It was truly our coordinators and all our vendors who made it a success.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We met with Archana and shared our idea of incorporating my Mom's wedding Sari into a modern, light, modest yet regal Rajput inspired design. We loved that she knows how to avoid all the harsh chemicals and has a more sustainable approach to her process. All of the magic is credit to Archana. Some say I was a funny bride, I didn't understand the investment of a wedding outfit that was only to be worn once and then stowed away for eternity. I shared that thought with Archana and was amazed she completely understood and actually agreed with me. She proposed the idea of making the outfit in layers, so I could use each layer individually for years to come, and I already have :)

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Making the invitations and all the design elements together with Julio. As Visual Designers, we rarely get to create projects with 100% our vision in mind.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Julio can be known to be on the quieter side at times, but what people might not know is that he is a Gemini. I was completely caught off-guard when the "other Julio" walked onto the stage at the reception and sang in front of everyone.

More spectacular weddings are just around the corner, so make sure to visit our blog tomorow!

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Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Planning & Design: Events by C | Photography: Rahul Rana Photography | Sangeet Venue: Omni Rancho Las Palmas | Ceremony Venue: Omni Rancho Las Palmas | Reception Venue: Omni Rancho Las Palmas | Floral & Decor: Artisan Events | DJ: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Bridal Fashions: Manshaa The Designer Studio | Bridal Jewelry: Manshaa The Designer Studio | Cinematography: Sun Beat Films | Live Music - Reception: Wahh World Fusion Band | Mehndi Artist: Neha Assar | Bridal Jewelry: ZEVAR by Archana | Mehendi Night Flamenco Group: Flamenco Fever Dallas | Catering: Natraj Restaurants & Catering | Mehndi Artist - Guests: Keng Singh | Wedding Lunch: Olive Wood Pizza | Catering - Lunch Friday: Jay Bharat


Miami, FL Muslim Wedding by Banga Studios

Hello, Darlings! Welcome back to your wedding inspiration corner. Today we bring a wedding that will take your breath away. So make sure to grab your cup of coffee or tea and feel free to enjoy Maliha and GR's wedding! The wedding spree started with a welcome yacht party on board the Biscayne Lady and was followed by a joyful Sangeet night at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This luxury spot on South Beach also set the stage for a divine Muslim ceremony. There is something seriously romantic about outdoor ceremonies before the sunset, those golden colors and the amber glow of the sun provide the best light for a photographer. I'm so happy that Banga Studios took advantage of this beautiful hour to take the most impressive twilight portraits we have come across. I'm obsessed with the plenty of greenery and the sunset behind the horizon that framed each shot. Our lovebirds took their vows in front of an enchanting flower wall backdrop bursting with shades of beige, ivory, cream, and blush, an extraordinary creation of Occasions by Shangri-la. Maharani Maliha walked down an aisle also filled to brim with charming floral arrangements looking like a real queen. She went for a gracefully neutral color, embellished with pearls, stones, crystal stones, and a delicate transparent train, my favorite detail of her bridal trousseau created by Reema Ahsan. Festari tailored an off-white with black lapels suit for Raja GR that paired perfectly well with Maharani Maliha. What a stylish couple! Seamlessly planned by  Nirali Shah Events, trust me when I say every detail of this Muslim wedding is to die for. The elegant reception was an absolute dream that included tons of entertainment, from a fun photo booth by Miami Miami Event Photo Booth to  Desi Junction's great music and the fabulous food from Swagat Indian Kitchen. I know you'll agree that it was a star-studded night! So make sure to scroll to the end and visit our gallery by Banga Studios for more unique details.

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I'm so happy you could join me, today ladies! I hope to see you tomorrow.

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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Venues: Loews Miami Beach Hotel | Photography: Banga Studios | Planning & Design: Nirali Shah Events | Hair & Makeup: Marz Makeup and Hair | Catering: Swagat Indian Kitchen | DJ: Desi Junction | Bridal Fashions: Reema Ahsan (Wedding) | Bridal Fashions: Almas Tejani (Sangeet) | Bridal Jewelry: Rupika Jewels | Cake & Treats: Divine Delicacies | Cinematography: Prism Media Labs | Live Music: Rhett Price VIolinst | Mehndi Artist: Sumaiya Waheed | Photo Booth: Miami Event Photo Booth | Transportation: Miami Tour Company | Tuxedos: Festari | Welcome Party Yacht: Biscayne Lady | Hookah Rental: Supreme Hookah | Officiant (Imam): Imam Samra


Hillsborough, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Live Picture Studios

Hi, Maharanis! Get ready to enjoy Sabrina & Deelu's fusion wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog!

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Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | DJ: Elite Events Dj's | Fireworks: Elite Events Dj's | Lighting: Elite Events Dj's | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart | Reception Venue: Bride's Family House Backyard | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez (Bhargavi & Team) | Wedding Gown: Seng Couture-Designer Martina Liana | Cake & Treats: Lisa Grace Bakes | Draping & Flower Bouquets: Pretty Pleats & Petals | Day of Coordinator: OnTime Events (Davis Abraham & Team) | Photography: Live Picture Studios


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