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Long Beach, CA Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

The ceremony was to absolutely die for! Such a stunning couple with a style sensibility that definitely left us in awe, I tell you that! As we saw on part one, all celebrations going from the lavish Baraat thanks to Enchanted Carriages, to the reception at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach were a stunning representation of what Indian weddings are all about. Now, we will be having a glimpse of the party that came afterward and if you happen to follow Maharani Weddings, you will know that there is nothing like an Indian Wedding reception party! For this special moment, Maharani Zuri decided to wear this peach toned lehenga with silver embroidery that I can quickly see become a trend! Raja Shesang, on the other hand, rocked a navy blue tux that definitely reminded us why the bride chose him as her life partner. Elegance at its finest! So, ladies, today we have ourselves a treat so head down to the gallery brought to us by Lin & Jirsa Photography and get enchanted!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
The day started with me on the verge of tears from not getting into the chemistry class I wanted. Desperate and frantic, I walked into a random Physics class and put all my focus into impressing the professor to let me in. During the third class they had us pick a lab partner and not having paid attention to anyone else in class, I turned to the closest person around and asked Shesang to be my lab partner. I immediately regretted my decision. I had managed to pair myself up with a guy who spent his time calculating how many questions he didn't have to answer on the exam in order get a B. As the semester went on, we fell into a routine of me doing all the work and in exchange, Shesang would feed me chips from the vending machine. At the end of the semester, I managed to get him his B, and it was then he told me, he was transferring to UCSD. Before he left, he asked me on a date - I said no. While flattered, I was confident that we'd loose contact since Shesang was moving away and didn't think much of it. To my surprise, we talked every day and all day. We went on like this for about a year, and wouldn’t you know it I ended up transferring to UCSD. The summer before I moved to San Diego, Shesang came down for a weekend. That weekend we went to the Orange County Fair. At one of the game booths, Shesang turned to me and said that if he won me one of those prizes (and they had the cutest stuffed animal monkey prizes at the fair!), I would have to go on a date with him. Being the pessimist I am, I said he would never win one, so the bet was on! Of course, Shesang won, handed me this giant stuffed monkey, and followed with "So where do you want to go?" From lab partners, university, pharmacy school and 4 different cities later - We cannot tell you how happy we are I didn't get into chemistry.
 
In terms of knowing if he was the one, my grandma was the first person to tell me I was going to marry him. We weren't dating at the time but he had come over to work on a project and he had been respectful and said hi to my whole family and ate some dinner. After he left my grandma said, "I like this boy, you will marry him." Didn't believe her told her she was crazy just for her to tell me I told you so on my wedding day. But as for me I knew he was the one when we were college students and had the most fun together going to Denny's and only ordering from the 2 and 4 dollar menu because thats all we were willing to afford. Sometimes we will still go to Denny's and refuse to look at the other menu just because it reminds us of our puppy love and how far we have come.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
During the course of our relationship we have taken many trips together and the moment we found out Shesang had 5 days off we jumped at the opportunity to take a quick trip to Cabo before I had to start working full time. I thought this would be like any other trip and had no clue what was coming. The Thursday we arrived in Cabo was the first day of sunshine they had all week and the hotel staff encouraged us to enjoy it as much as possible. Being the couple we are we went straight to the room and ordered a plate of pasta and continued to watch our unfinished Harry Potter movie from the flight. Once the movie was over Shesang recommended we go for a nice dinner and take advantage of the sunset since the weather didn't seem that great the rest of the weekend. We made our way onto the beach and he was adamant of taking a picture near a set of rocks he saw online (not unusual for him to look up picture locations). There we found an empty beach and a breath taking view of the ocean. At sunset he got down on one knee and I got swept away (literally a wave took me out) but not without me saying YES first!
 
P.S. That rainy forecast ended up being sunshine all weekend!
 
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.
Like any modern bride I took to instagram for all my vendor finding needs. I knew the first thing I needed was my venue because then accordingly I could tell my other vendors what they are dealing with. When picking the venue it was particularly important to find a place that was accommodating to outside food and has dealt with an Indian wedding before. I always liked that winery look but unfortunately its really hard to cater to our needs in terms of having an Indian wedding. I came across the Long Beach Hyatt after watching countless hours of other peoples' wedding videos on youtube and became obsessed with the venue. I saw how they transformed it into so many different themes and knew it would be able to have a rustic vibe depending how I decorated. The team was great and dealing with Robin in particular was one of the best parts of my wedding.
 
For hair and make up my choice was really easy. I've known Lishma for years and her portfolio speaks for itself. It was just a plus that she is an amazing human being! I scrolled through various people's make up instagrams but just knowing who Lishma is I knew I could count on her to make my day amazing and easy as possible. On top of all of this she does mehndi too! She personalized it to my wants and added  little personal touches that I didn't even think of until she did them!
 
For decor I just knew I wanted flowers and Kumba and Classics delivered. I have known about Classics flowers and confections for a long time now. They are a florist shop in Cypress, Ca where I grew up and I loved everything she did. Rosa worked so hard and went with every change I threw at her. She was reasonable and definitely went above and beyond what I was expecting. People talked about the flower crowns she made my bridesmaids and my bouquet all night! She also knows about my deep love for flowers and made me a special hair piece for my reception that matched my outfit perfectly. I have no words to describe how wonderful Hetal at Kumba was to work with. Everything I would ask for the answer was always "I can do that". I gave him full creative freedom after I gave him my basic idea of "flowers and crystals" and he made it into something I couldn't even imagine. I had looked at other decorators online but no one was as nice and responsive as Hetal.
 
For my coordinator I spoke to countless people in the area and hadn't had much luck with connecting with someone enough where I would trust them with the responsibility of my wedding day. That is until I spoke to Shilpa Patel. She was so nice and understanding and always willing to talk to me around my work schedule (its really random somedays i'm home at 5 others not till 11). She also had a love for doing things on time and wasn't afraid to make a guest angry as long as I was happy. Her team on my wedding day went above and beyond and the amount of people who came up to me saying they appreciated how on time my wedding was overwhelming. (crazy the things people notice)
 
At this point if you haven't noticed I hired all my vendors based on how nice they were and pleasant they were to talk to.
 
As for our photographer my husband gets all the credit for that. He said pictures are the only things we will have left after our wedding is over...and he was right. From what he as told me he googled "best photographers in orange county" and Lin and Jirsa Photagraphy appeared multiple times. They were the most detail oriented and had taking pictures at indian weddings down to a science. We definitely wanted people who had taken pictures at Indian weddings before because there are so many significant things and we didn't want to miss any of them.
 
The food was chosen by my mom. Even though Hyatt had a preferred list of vendors my mom would not have it. She wanted Dilliwala from the beginning and that was what she was going to get and it really paid off.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Just like many Indian brides I went to India. I am blessed to have family there who was willing to shop for me before I had even gotten there. I went there with an open mind and ready to try anything. Shesang's favorite color is red so my only request was that I have an all red wedding outfit for him. The day I landed there my parents had already picked out a few of their favorites but didn't want to sway me in any direction. My wedding skirt was the first piece of clothing I tried while shopping and I could not stop comparing others to it so I knew that was the outfit for me.
 
As for my reception outfit I wanted to match my flowers with a blush besides the color I was open to anything.
 
For my sangeet, Shesang had picked out a pretty unique piece for himself and I just wanted to compliment him so once I found the skirt in India I had Mansha designs in Pioneer,CA make a matching blouse.
 
Only thing I got out of this whole experience is that once you like something get it don't keep shopping around and confusing yourself! My husband did that and he didn't pick his wedding outfit till a month before our wedding!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was the people! Almost every vendor I talked to whether I went with them or not was so pleasant. They understood the stresses of wedding planning and really tried to make your life easier. I was also a very easy going bride and gave a lot of my vedors creative freedom and because of that they brought ideas to the table I would have never thought of myself.
 
I don't think this would count has a planning process but seeing all the different parts coming together was amazing! I never in a million years imagined that it would turn out the way it did and it was so great to see.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
It's hard to say what people liked. I had a lot of people text or call me later saying that they really liked the ambience and vibe of the whole wedding. They really liked the look of everything from me to the dance floor. My decorator and florist did a great job and making the venue feel warm and welcoming. Lishma did a great job of making sure my looks went with the whole vibe of our wedding.
 
Another compliment we got was on our food from all our events which is always nice to hear because it is usually the first thing people complain about.
 
The most unusual thing people loved was how on time we were about everything and how it was well organized. All that credit goes to Shilpa, her team and the giant excel sheet.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
In the middle of the reception the photography team pulled us aside to have a few pictures outside. The walk from the reception ballroom to the bridge they wanted us to go to was pretty far. I was able to make it there and take pictures in my heels but didn't think I would make it back with my shoes on. So hubby to the rescue! He took my heels off for me because my skirt was so big and gave me his shoes to walk in and he walked back to the hotel in socks. It wasn't the first time in our 9 years together he had to do that but it was just cute that he helped his dysfunctional wife on their wedding day and didn't complain once.
 
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.
I wanted to have my haldi in my house with the just my close family and friends to kick things off. I am a big home body and I have lived in that house my whole life and wanted to incorporate it into my big day. It was very simple with flowers everywhere (from our own garden). It was also a way for me to have my dogs be part of something as well. The jewelry I wore that day was from my mom's mom's wedding day and it was a way of having her there with me.
 
For my sangeet my look was created solely by Lishma. She picked flowers from my backyard and put them in my hair so I had a piece of my childhood with me. She knows I'm not big on make up but my outfit was too fun not to match it in my make up! She added colors to me but did it in a way where it was still very much me.
My Sangeet was done in the community center of my home town. We went with a Moroccan vibe with pillows everywhere and little food stations. We didn't want to do a formal dinner because people would be doing that the next night. Hetal brought up the idea of pillows and benches so it could create a comfortable sitting area and utilize more space so people could enjoy the dances and henna stations.
A lot of our dances were a surprise, to me at least. My cousins decided not only to do a surprise speech but a dance to all my favorite backstreet boys jams. My brother and my best friend did an amazing dance with each other and Shesang's younger nieces and nephews were such a joy to watch. Me being a dancer growing up asked my dance teacher Nakul Dev Mahajan to choreograph a dance for me to surprise everyone. He did such a wonderful job but unfortunately the moment I saw Shesang watching me I blanked for the first 15 seconds. People said they didn't noticed so I'll go with that.
 
For our reception we didn't want any dances except the usual ones you see at weddings. We wanted more speeches and we are so glad we did. Our friends and family say the darnest things and we are so glad to have those on video forever.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Hire people that are pleasant to work with. I had spoken to many many many many different vendors and ended up with the people who were just nice. Some vendors have great work but I just couldn't make a connection with them. I knew if I didn't get a long with them or feel comfortable enough with them I wouldn't get the results I wanted. I gave all my vendors a rough idea of what I wanted and asked all of them for their ideas after. I'm glad I had an open mind or I would have never come up with what they did.
 
I got told a lot to enjoy the planning process and just laughed at them but now I kinda miss it.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mehndi had a batman in it because Shesang loves batman and the symbol for a pharmacist because we are both pharmacists.
My parents also surprised us with two ice sculptures one of a beautiful Ganesh and the other of a bride and groom on an elephant. My dad is also aware of Shesang's batman obsession so asked the ice sculpture guy to put a batman symbol on the groom's back of the sculpture.
 

 

More to come, don't go anywhere!

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style
Traditional
Romantic
Luxury
season
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color
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Lishma | Mehndi Artists: Beauty by Lishma | Baraat: Enchanted Carriages | Draping/Styling: Beauty by Lishma | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Sangeet Venue: The Cypress Community Center | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Planning & Design: Shilpa Patel Events | Floral & Decor: Classics Flowers and Confections | Catering: Jay Bharat | Catering: Dilliwala Indian Kitchen | DJ: Kumba Entertainment | Cinematography: Lin and Jirsa Photography


Long Beach, CA Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Hey there, Maharanis, time for our daily dose of glam and charm! Today we head down to Long Beach for Zuri & Shesang's lovely Indian nuptials, and as you can imagine, the celebrations were filled to the brim with color, family, lavish fashion choices, and of course love. If there is someone that absolutely understands what we mean when we say finesse, that would have to be Beauty by Lishma. We know about her striking talent and for this wedding, she was in charge of hair & makeup, the mehndi design, and draping & styling! What more can you ask for? Definitely the bride made a wonderful choice. Don't forget to also check the couple's fashion choices throughout all the celebrations. A couple of inspiring surprises await, I tell you that! So, ladies, time to get those ideas going with today's gallery brought to us by Lin & Jirsa Photography, don't miss it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
The day started with me on the verge of tears from not getting into the chemistry class I wanted. Desperate and frantic, I walked into a random Physics class and put all my focus into impressing the professor to let me in. During the third class they had us pick a lab partner and not having paid attention to anyone else in class, I turned to the closest person around and asked Shesang to be my lab partner. I immediately regretted my decision. I had managed to pair myself up with a guy who spent his time calculating how many questions he didn't have to answer on the exam in order get a B. As the semester went on, we fell into a routine of me doing all the work and in exchange, Shesang would feed me chips from the vending machine. At the end of the semester, I managed to get him his B, and it was then he told me, he was transferring to UCSD. Before he left, he asked me on a date - I said no. While flattered, I was confident that we'd loose contact since Shesang was moving away and didn't think much of it. To my surprise, we talked every day and all day. We went on like this for about a year, and wouldn’t you know it I ended up transferring to UCSD. The summer before I moved to San Diego, Shesang came down for a weekend. That weekend we went to the Orange County Fair. At one of the game booths, Shesang turned to me and said that if he won me one of those prizes (and they had the cutest stuffed animal monkey prizes at the fair!), I would have to go on a date with him. Being the pessimist I am, I said he would never win one, so the bet was on! Of course, Shesang won, handed me this giant stuffed monkey, and followed with "So where do you want to go?" From lab partners, university, pharmacy school and 4 different cities later - We cannot tell you how happy we are I didn't get into chemistry.
 
In terms of knowing if he was the one, my grandma was the first person to tell me I was going to marry him. We weren't dating at the time but he had come over to work on a project and he had been respectful and said hi to my whole family and ate some dinner. After he left my grandma said, "I like this boy, you will marry him." Didn't believe her told her she was crazy just for her to tell me I told you so on my wedding day. But as for me I knew he was the one when we were college students and had the most fun together going to Denny's and only ordering from the 2 and 4 dollar menu because thats all we were willing to afford. Sometimes we will still go to Denny's and refuse to look at the other menu just because it reminds us of our puppy love and how far we have come.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
During the course of our relationship we have taken many trips together and the moment we found out Shesang had 5 days off we jumped at the opportunity to take a quick trip to Cabo before I had to start working full time. I thought this would be like any other trip and had no clue what was coming. The Thursday we arrived in Cabo was the first day of sunshine they had all week and the hotel staff encouraged us to enjoy it as much as possible. Being the couple we are we went straight to the room and ordered a plate of pasta and continued to watch our unfinished Harry Potter movie from the flight. Once the movie was over Shesang recommended we go for a nice dinner and take advantage of the sunset since the weather didn't seem that great the rest of the weekend. We made our way onto the beach and he was adamant of taking a picture near a set of rocks he saw online (not unusual for him to look up picture locations). There we found an empty beach and a breath taking view of the ocean. At sunset he got down on one knee and I got swept away (literally a wave took me out) but not without me saying YES first!
 
P.S. That rainy forecast ended up being sunshine all weekend!
 
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.
Like any modern bride I took to instagram for all my vendor finding needs. I knew the first thing I needed was my venue because then accordingly I could tell my other vendors what they are dealing with. When picking the venue it was particularly important to find a place that was accommodating to outside food and has dealt with an Indian wedding before. I always liked that winery look but unfortunately its really hard to cater to our needs in terms of having an Indian wedding. I came across the Long Beach Hyatt after watching countless hours of other peoples' wedding videos on youtube and became obsessed with the venue. I saw how they transformed it into so many different themes and knew it would be able to have a rustic vibe depending how I decorated. The team was great and dealing with Robin in particular was one of the best parts of my wedding.
 
For hair and make up my choice was really easy. I've known Lishma for years and her portfolio speaks for itself. It was just a plus that she is an amazing human being! I scrolled through various people's make up instagrams but just knowing who Lishma is I knew I could count on her to make my day amazing and easy as possible. On top of all of this she does mehndi too! She personalized it to my wants and added  little personal touches that I didn't even think of until she did them!
 
For decor I just knew I wanted flowers and Kumba and Classics delivered. I have known about Classics flowers and confections for a long time now. They are a florist shop in Cypress, Ca where I grew up and I loved everything she did. Rosa worked so hard and went with every change I threw at her. She was reasonable and definitely went above and beyond what I was expecting. People talked about the flower crowns she made my bridesmaids and my bouquet all night! She also knows about my deep love for flowers and made me a special hair piece for my reception that matched my outfit perfectly. I have no words to describe how wonderful Hetal at Kumba was to work with. Everything I would ask for the answer was always "I can do that". I gave him full creative freedom after I gave him my basic idea of "flowers and crystals" and he made it into something I couldn't even imagine. I had looked at other decorators online but no one was as nice and responsive as Hetal.
 
For my coordinator I spoke to countless people in the area and hadn't had much luck with connecting with someone enough where I would trust them with the responsibility of my wedding day. That is until I spoke to Shilpa Patel. She was so nice and understanding and always willing to talk to me around my work schedule (its really random somedays i'm home at 5 others not till 11). She also had a love for doing things on time and wasn't afraid to make a guest angry as long as I was happy. Her team on my wedding day went above and beyond and the amount of people who came up to me saying they appreciated how on time my wedding was overwhelming. (crazy the things people notice)
 
At this point if you haven't noticed I hired all my vendors based on how nice they were and pleasant they were to talk to.
 
As for our photographer my husband gets all the credit for that. He said pictures are the only things we will have left after our wedding is over...and he was right. From what he as told me he googled "best photographers in orange county" and Lin and Jirsa Photagraphy appeared multiple times. They were the most detail oriented and had taking pictures at indian weddings down to a science. We definitely wanted people who had taken pictures at Indian weddings before because there are so many significant things and we didn't want to miss any of them.
 
The food was chosen by my mom. Even though Hyatt had a preferred list of vendors my mom would not have it. She wanted Dilliwala from the beginning and that was what she was going to get and it really paid off.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Just like many Indian brides I went to India. I am blessed to have family there who was willing to shop for me before I had even gotten there. I went there with an open mind and ready to try anything. Shesang's favorite color is red so my only request was that I have an all red wedding outfit for him. The day I landed there my parents had already picked out a few of their favorites but didn't want to sway me in any direction. My wedding skirt was the first piece of clothing I tried while shopping and I could not stop comparing others to it so I knew that was the outfit for me.
 
As for my reception outfit I wanted to match my flowers with a blush besides the color I was open to anything.
 
For my sangeet, Shesang had picked out a pretty unique piece for himself and I just wanted to compliment him so once I found the skirt in India I had Mansha designs in Pioneer,CA make a matching blouse.
 
Only thing I got out of this whole experience is that once you like something get it don't keep shopping around and confusing yourself! My husband did that and he didn't pick his wedding outfit till a month before our wedding!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was the people! Almost every vendor I talked to whether I went with them or not was so pleasant. They understood the stresses of wedding planning and really tried to make your life easier. I was also a very easy going bride and gave a lot of my vedors creative freedom and because of that they brought ideas to the table I would have never thought of myself.
 
I don't think this would count has a planning process but seeing all the different parts coming together was amazing! I never in a million years imagined that it would turn out the way it did and it was so great to see.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
It's hard to say what people liked. I had a lot of people text or call me later saying that they really liked the ambience and vibe of the whole wedding. They really liked the look of everything from me to the dance floor. My decorator and florist did a great job and making the venue feel warm and welcoming. Lishma did a great job of making sure my looks went with the whole vibe of our wedding.
 
Another compliment we got was on our food from all our events which is always nice to hear because it is usually the first thing people complain about.
 
The most unusual thing people loved was how on time we were about everything and how it was well organized. All that credit goes to Shilpa, her team and the giant excel sheet.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
In the middle of the reception the photography team pulled us aside to have a few pictures outside. The walk from the reception ballroom to the bridge they wanted us to go to was pretty far. I was able to make it there and take pictures in my heels but didn't think I would make it back with my shoes on. So hubby to the rescue! He took my heels off for me because my skirt was so big and gave me his shoes to walk in and he walked back to the hotel in socks. It wasn't the first time in our 9 years together he had to do that but it was just cute that he helped his dysfunctional wife on their wedding day and didn't complain once.
 
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.
I wanted to have my haldi in my house with the just my close family and friends to kick things off. I am a big home body and I have lived in that house my whole life and wanted to incorporate it into my big day. It was very simple with flowers everywhere (from our own garden). It was also a way for me to have my dogs be part of something as well. The jewelry I wore that day was from my mom's mom's wedding day and it was a way of having her there with me.
 
For my sangeet my look was created solely by Lishma. She picked flowers from my backyard and put them in my hair so I had a piece of my childhood with me. She knows I'm not big on make up but my outfit was too fun not to match it in my make up! She added colors to me but did it in a way where it was still very much me.
My Sangeet was done in the community center of my home town. We went with a Moroccan vibe with pillows everywhere and little food stations. We didn't want to do a formal dinner because people would be doing that the next night. Hetal brought up the idea of pillows and benches so it could create a comfortable sitting area and utilize more space so people could enjoy the dances and henna stations.
A lot of our dances were a surprise, to me at least. My cousins decided not only to do a surprise speech but a dance to all my favorite backstreet boys jams. My brother and my best friend did an amazing dance with each other and Shesang's younger nieces and nephews were such a joy to watch. Me being a dancer growing up asked my dance teacher Nakul Dev Mahajan to choreograph a dance for me to surprise everyone. He did such a wonderful job but unfortunately the moment I saw Shesang watching me I blanked for the first 15 seconds. People said they didn't noticed so I'll go with that.
 
For our reception we didn't want any dances except the usual ones you see at weddings. We wanted more speeches and we are so glad we did. Our friends and family say the darnest things and we are so glad to have those on video forever.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Hire people that are pleasant to work with. I had spoken to many many many many different vendors and ended up with the people who were just nice. Some vendors have great work but I just couldn't make a connection with them. I knew if I didn't get a long with them or feel comfortable enough with them I wouldn't get the results I wanted. I gave all my vendors a rough idea of what I wanted and asked all of them for their ideas after. I'm glad I had an open mind or I would have never come up with what they did.
 
I got told a lot to enjoy the planning process and just laughed at them but now I kinda miss it.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mehndi had a batman in it because Shesang loves batman and the symbol for a pharmacist because we are both pharmacists.
My parents also surprised us with two ice sculptures one of a beautiful Ganesh and the other of a bride and groom on an elephant. My dad is also aware of Shesang's batman obsession so asked the ice sculpture guy to put a batman symbol on the groom's back of the sculpture.
 

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STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Romantic
Luxury
season
Autumn
color
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Lishma | Mehndi Artists: Beauty by Lishma | Baraat: Enchanted Carriages | Draping/Styling: Beauty by Lishma | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Sangeet Venue: The Cypress Community Center | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Planning & Design: Shilpa Patel Events | Floral & Decor: Classics Flowers and Confections | Catering: Jay Bharat | Catering: Dilliwala Indian Kitchen | DJ: Kumba Entertainment | Cinematography: Lin and Jirsa Photography


Bridgewater, NJ Indian Wedding by Fine Art Productions

After a beautiful ceremony that united Nisha & Amit for eternity, it was time to celebrate India style! We know that weddings can get hectic, especially after moments of such emotional rollercoasters like nuptials. For the important task of making sure everything ran as smooth as butter, the couple recruited the team from Tum Hi Ho Events. Their well know planning and design skills surely made this gala what it was! Such a stunning flair! For the reception party at the Bridgewater Marriott, the beautiful Maharani decided to rock this beige toned lengha that was the total highlight of the night. A beautiful gown to say the least! We are so loving the gala, ladies, true love can be felt all around! In case you would like to dive deeper into all the details, head down to today's gallery brought to us by Fine Art Productions! Inspiration assured!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Amit and I met on Tinder. I had been on Tinder on and off for about 3 years at that point and I never took that app seriously. When I redownloaded the app back in July of 2016 I was just out there to see my options and again never really "expected" anything to come out of the app but slowly I started seeing all my friends on Facebook and around me start to get engaged and married so I felt that slight social pressure. October of 2016 after my 26th birthday I told one of my friends that whoever my 100th match was, that was the one! Saying that I slowly started to become more picky about who I was swiping right for. I came across Amit's profile which said "I love Whiskey and Tacos" and immediately swiped right! I also noticed that Amit and I had 3 mutual friends on Facebook as that would be shown on your Tinder profile. The mutual friends were very very close family friends of ours whom I consider more like family than friends. Amit and I instantly matched! Me being the typical girl that I am, I wanted him to be the first one to reach out to me. A few days went by and I heard NOTHING from him and just got annoyed and frustrated. I was at a Friendsgiving dinner where one of my friends asked me if that guy reached out to me and I got more annoyed and said no! Little did I know that turning off my notifications for Tinder would backfire on me and there was a message from Amit in my inbox from earlier that day. We started talking on the app and I remember the first question; besides how are you, we both asked each other was: How do you know Jenna and Neil? (the mutual friends on facebook) I told Amit that they are family friends of mine but I treat them like my younger siblings. Amit then told me their dad is his first cousin and he is their uncle. Automatically thinking to myself that Amit is going to think that all of this is too weird I began to change the subject to football as it was a Sunday! Within 3 days of talking on the app, I felt that instant connection with him and gave him my number and told him I was deleting Tinder. Best decision ever! We went on our first date where we found out we had crossed paths several times and we never even noticed each other! Dinner dates led to weekends together where we both just enjoyed being with each other! I realized that Amit was the one May of 2017 which was 5 months after we had made our relationship official. He had asked me a question that led me to start crying and instead of judging me and the entire situation he gave me a tissue and just hugged me and kept me close to him. From that day onwards, I knew he was the one and how selfless he was and that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Amit and I started officially dating January of 2017 and since March of 2017, all I heard from him was how much he wanted to go to Italy. We had decided that every year we were going to alternate between who gets to decide where we are going to go on vacation. 2017 we went to Disney World which was my choice and then when 2018 came around we started talking about where we wanted to go that year and he said Italy. We did all our research and booked our tickets! As we kept getting closer to the trip a few people asked me "oh what if Amit proposes to you in Italy" and I honestly thought nothing of it because he had been saying he wanted to go to Italy since we started dating! The week of the trip I went to go get my nails done and my dad looked at my nails and asked me why I got such a dull color and I told him because I liked the design and he was like well your nails look bad and your hands are going to be the center of attention this whole trip and I just laughed it off and told him he's crazy! Amit and I left for our trip and boy the journey to Rome was one hell of a journey! We had a layover in Munich for 5 hours which turned into almost 8 hours as the connecting flight was delayed going to Rome. We finally got to Rome and then our bags were delayed by an hour! So at this point, we are both just hungry and tired. We finally get to our hotel around 4 pm Italy time which is 10 am New Jersey time. We had been traveling for 20 hours! We quickly showered and started walking to the main area to go to eat. I had told Amit that I am too tired to get ready so I am just going to wear this old dress I had and no makeup. I bought new shoes for the trip and never wore them in and my feet were in PAIN! It started getting too hard for me to walk so we just went into the first restaurant we saw (that was the best meal we had that whole trip). He said he wanted to go to the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain since they were close by and I said ok fine. We started walking again and I was getting more and more miserable where Amit was like let's stop and buy you new shoes and I said no let's keep going! We made it to the Spanish Steps but the way we walked we were already on the top of the stairs. We were overlooking the sunset where it was just him and I and I told him that I loved him and he said I love you too and I was like nope I love you more and he was like no I love you more and I said no and he said "wanna bet" and he got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him! Amit's plan was to carry the ring with him throughout the trip and he was going to propose when he felt like the moment was right and that moment happened the first night while I looked and felt like a hot mess but after that moment I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to be able to spend the rest of my life with my Mr. Perfect! I was completely thrown off with everything because Amit had mentioned going to Italy since the beginning of us dating and I just thought this was a regular vacation and plus we never talked about rings! Any time a ring showed up on Facebook or Instagram or TV, I would always talk about what I liked and what I didn't like, and that's just what us girls do! Little did I know, he was taking notes on his phone about what I liked and somehow managed to get my ring size without me even knowing. Once he got the ring he met with my parents and asked for permission without me knowing as well. This proposal PERFECT!! It was a very low key proposal and I had no idea about it so it came to me as a complete surprise which I loved! That trip eventually became a celebratory trip!
 
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.
With the venue, we knew we wanted a venue that was a hotel as well since we knew how convenient it would be to party and then go right upstairs to the rooms and clock out! We did shop around to some of the more popular wedding hotels in NJ like Princeton Hyatt, Hanover Marriott. We decided to reach out to Bridgewater Marriott as we had never heard of that venue and we knew for a fact that nobody in our friends or family circle used this venue. We instantly fell in love with the venue and wanted to sign right away! The location, the staff and the way the entire hotel looked stole our hearts! We signed and now we can say yes, out of our friends and family circle we were the first ones to do our event at this location!
 
Hair and Makeup were very easy for me. I came across my makeup artists profile on Instagram back in early 2018 and saw that her style was a very natural style and knew that whenever I was getting married I wanted her to be my makeup artist! I got super lucky she was available and it all worked out perfectly! The decor was a hard one! Our decor company showed us the newest design that they got and we fell in love with that design. Sounds easy right? NOPE!!! Our venue had set rules about what we can and can't use! Because of that, we had to change our design up. We had to modify the companies designs to fit our needs and meet the venue requirements as well. So up until 2 weeks before we were going back and forth on what we wanted and in the end our decor company went above and beyond for us and made everything look PERFECT for our special day!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Amit and I had a particular vision behind our wedding outfits. It's funny normally brides and grooms pick their own outfits and based on that they pick their bridal party outfits. We were opposite, we designed the bridal party outfits first and then picked our own. Since we had a particular color scheme in mind we set out looking for that color and that color only! We both wanted our wedding outfits to be white, pink and gold. We went to India to do our shopping and our primary focus was getting my reception outfit. We got a little tired of looking at reception outfits and went into Shaymal and Bumikha and I walked into that store not knowing who they were and that they were such big designers in India. I fell in love with the first pink outfit that I saw and HAD to try it on. When I had it on it looked EVEN better than how it looked on the hanger. I called my parents who were in NJ at it was 4 am to show them the outfit. They had tears in their eyes and that's when we knew this is a "say yes to the dress" moment!!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part for me was paying attention to all the minor details. I am a very detailed organized person and I had all the minor details down to a T! The name cards matched the bar signs which matched the table number signs which matched the note we had in each welcome bag which matched the sticker that was on the box inside the welcome bag. Everything had to be perfect for our special day! I had a vision for our reception and wanted everything to be purple and gold and we made it happen. From the decor to the lighting to the cake to the lights on the dance floor. The details and efforts that even went into putting together the welcome bag where we didn't just put some snacks for the sake of putting snacks, we thought long and hard about what to put. We put two bottles of water, a pack of veggie straws or veggie chips (since they are both dairy-free and gluten-free we kept peoples allergies and diet restrictions in mind) we put in a few pieces of chocolates, a pack of breakfast biscuits along with 2 packs of premade ginger teas as Indians love their ginger teas! Amit and I also made special welcome bags for our bridal party which consisted of Advil, shoe polish brush, shoehorn, gum, safety pins, bobby pins, Gatorade and a small bottle of alcohol. So I loved paying close attention to making the smaller details for the wedding look perfect! I knew for the bigger picture I trusted all my vendors so I know I was in good hands with them! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests really liked the priest that we had for our ceremony. Not only did he explain everything in English for those who didn't understand but his way of doing the ceremony was quick and precise. A lot of people that liked how he ended off our wedding ceremony which was: this is not yours and my life, this is our life.. this is not yours or my money this is our money... we are two souls becoming one.. and just the way he said it, it touched everyone and people still almost 3 months later mention how great our priest was and how inspirational he was!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Honestly, the entire wedding just flew by but two moments that keep replaying in my head were when Amit and I did our first look. I remember walking up to the spot where he was standing and knowing that when I tap him on his shoulder this is gonna be my HUSBAND turning around!! I had that same feeling while walking up to the mandap. I had all eyes on me walking in but I was like a horse my eyes were just focused on the mandap and how my groom was sitting there waiting for us to start our "forever" journey! Those are the two moments that keep replaying in my mind!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Future Brides please do yourself a huge favor and get an event coordinator. Our wedding would not have been possible without our event coordinators. When we initially started our wedding planning process we thought to ourselves we can pull this off without an event coordinator since I love planning and I am very detail organized! I realized 6 months before our wedding that I was wrong and that by trying to do everything yourselves and putting that pressure on yourself is only going to make you go crazy! We began to shop around for event coordinators and as soon as we found one that we liked we signed with them and I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. The morning of the minute I saw our lead coordinator I felt all the stress just leave my body! Our event coordinators made sure everything was running as per the schedule and that we got everything our vendors promised us as per our contracts. On your big day trust me you have no time to run around to make sure everything runs on time and you are getting what was promised per vendor, you gotta bring in the professionals. Its been almost 3 months since our wedding and people still talk about how amazing our coordinators were and that hands down was the best decision we made for the wedding!! So please please please do yourself a huge favor and get yourself an event coordinator!!
 
Stay for part two!
STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Romantic
season
Autumn
color
Venues: Bridgewater Marriott | Planning & Design: Tum Hi Ho Events | Photography: Fine Art Productions | Floral & Decor: JP Decor | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: Luxe Entertainment | Transportation: Moonlight Limos


Bridgewater, NJ Indian Wedding by Fine Art Productions

December is here, ladies! As the freshness of winter comes upon us, what can be better to stay warm than daydreaming with the day you'll take the big step? Hopefully is not that far, but today and warming up those glam engines and ideas, we have a gorgeous vision coming from New Jersey to start with all the sighing. Nisha & Amit decided to tie the knot in all Maharani fashion and our friends from Fine Art Productions were at the Bridgewater Marriott to capture everything that went on for their gala. The main day started early for our bride and her lovely Maharani bridesmaids. The jaw-dropping beige of her ensemble just left me in awe completely. Such a beautiful choice! Also, by taking a look at Raja Amit's fashion sense, you immediately know why Maharani Nisha just fell head over heels for him. Such a romantic couple! So, ladies, looking to get inspired? Then head to our gallery of today and check the rest of the pictures of today's wedding!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Amit and I met on Tinder. I had been on Tinder on and off for about 3 years at that point and I never took that app seriously. When I redownloaded the app back in July of 2016 I was just out there to see my options and again never really "expected" anything to come out of the app but slowly I started seeing all my friends on Facebook and around me start to get engaged and married so I felt that slight social pressure. October of 2016 after my 26th birthday I told one of my friends that whoever my 100th match was, that was the one! Saying that I slowly started to become more picky about who I was swiping right for. I came across Amit's profile which said "I love Whiskey and Tacos" and immediately swiped right! I also noticed that Amit and I had 3 mutual friends on Facebook as that would be shown on your Tinder profile. The mutual friends were very very close family friends of ours whom I consider more like family than friends. Amit and I instantly matched! Me being the typical girl that I am, I wanted him to be the first one to reach out to me. A few days went by and I heard NOTHING from him and just got annoyed and frustrated. I was at a Friendsgiving dinner where one of my friends asked me if that guy reached out to me and I got more annoyed and said no! Little did I know that turning off my notifications for Tinder would backfire on me and there was a message from Amit in my inbox from earlier that day. We started talking on the app and I remember the first question; besides how are you, we both asked each other was: How do you know Jenna and Neil? (the mutual friends on facebook) I told Amit that they are family friends of mine but I treat them like my younger siblings. Amit then told me their dad is his first cousin and he is their uncle. Automatically thinking to myself that Amit is going to think that all of this is too weird I began to change the subject to football as it was a Sunday! Within 3 days of talking on the app, I felt that instant connection with him and gave him my number and told him I was deleting Tinder. Best decision ever! We went on our first date where we found out we had crossed paths several times and we never even noticed each other! Dinner dates led to weekends together where we both just enjoyed being with each other! I realized that Amit was the one May of 2017 which was 5 months after we had made our relationship official. He had asked me a question that led me to start crying and instead of judging me and the entire situation he gave me a tissue and just hugged me and kept me close to him. From that day onwards, I knew he was the one and how selfless he was and that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Amit and I started officially dating January of 2017 and since March of 2017, all I heard from him was how much he wanted to go to Italy. We had decided that every year we were going to alternate between who gets to decide where we are going to go on vacation. 2017 we went to Disney World which was my choice and then when 2018 came around we started talking about where we wanted to go that year and he said Italy. We did all our research and booked our tickets! As we kept getting closer to the trip a few people asked me "oh what if Amit proposes to you in Italy" and I honestly thought nothing of it because he had been saying he wanted to go to Italy since we started dating! The week of the trip I went to go get my nails done and my dad looked at my nails and asked me why I got such a dull color and I told him because I liked the design and he was like well your nails look bad and your hands are going to be the center of attention this whole trip and I just laughed it off and told him he's crazy! Amit and I left for our trip and boy the journey to Rome was one hell of a journey! We had a layover in Munich for 5 hours which turned into almost 8 hours as the connecting flight was delayed going to Rome. We finally got to Rome and then our bags were delayed by an hour! So at this point, we are both just hungry and tired. We finally get to our hotel around 4 pm Italy time which is 10 am New Jersey time. We had been traveling for 20 hours! We quickly showered and started walking to the main area to go to eat. I had told Amit that I am too tired to get ready so I am just going to wear this old dress I had and no makeup. I bought new shoes for the trip and never wore them in and my feet were in PAIN! It started getting too hard for me to walk so we just went into the first restaurant we saw (that was the best meal we had that whole trip). He said he wanted to go to the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain since they were close by and I said ok fine. We started walking again and I was getting more and more miserable where Amit was like let's stop and buy you new shoes and I said no let's keep going! We made it to the Spanish Steps but the way we walked we were already on the top of the stairs. We were overlooking the sunset where it was just him and I and I told him that I loved him and he said I love you too and I was like nope I love you more and he was like no I love you more and I said no and he said "wanna bet" and he got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him! Amit's plan was to carry the ring with him throughout the trip and he was going to propose when he felt like the moment was right and that moment happened the first night while I looked and felt like a hot mess but after that moment I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to be able to spend the rest of my life with my Mr. Perfect! I was completely thrown off with everything because Amit had mentioned going to Italy since the beginning of us dating and I just thought this was a regular vacation and plus we never talked about rings! Any time a ring showed up on Facebook or Instagram or TV, I would always talk about what I liked and what I didn't like, and that's just what us girls do! Little did I know, he was taking notes on his phone about what I liked and somehow managed to get my ring size without me even knowing. Once he got the ring he met with my parents and asked for permission without me knowing as well. This proposal PERFECT!! It was a very low key proposal and I had no idea about it so it came to me as a complete surprise which I loved! That trip eventually became a celebratory trip!
 
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.
With the venue, we knew we wanted a venue that was a hotel as well since we knew how convenient it would be to party and then go right upstairs to the rooms and clock out! We did shop around to some of the more popular wedding hotels in NJ like Princeton Hyatt, Hanover Marriott. We decided to reach out to Bridgewater Marriott as we had never heard of that venue and we knew for a fact that nobody in our friends or family circle used this venue. We instantly fell in love with the venue and wanted to sign right away! The location, the staff and the way the entire hotel looked stole our hearts! We signed and now we can say yes, out of our friends and family circle we were the first ones to do our event at this location!
 
Hair and Makeup were very easy for me. I came across my makeup artists profile on Instagram back in early 2018 and saw that her style was a very natural style and knew that whenever I was getting married I wanted her to be my makeup artist! I got super lucky she was available and it all worked out perfectly! The decor was a hard one! Our decor company showed us the newest design that they got and we fell in love with that design. Sounds easy right? NOPE!!! Our venue had set rules about what we can and can't use! Because of that, we had to change our design up. We had to modify the companies designs to fit our needs and meet the venue requirements as well. So up until 2 weeks before we were going back and forth on what we wanted and in the end our decor company went above and beyond for us and made everything look PERFECT for our special day!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Amit and I had a particular vision behind our wedding outfits. It's funny normally brides and grooms pick their own outfits and based on that they pick their bridal party outfits. We were opposite, we designed the bridal party outfits first and then picked our own. Since we had a particular color scheme in mind we set out looking for that color and that color only! We both wanted our wedding outfits to be white, pink and gold. We went to India to do our shopping and our primary focus was getting my reception outfit. We got a little tired of looking at reception outfits and went into Shaymal and Bumikha and I walked into that store not knowing who they were and that they were such big designers in India. I fell in love with the first pink outfit that I saw and HAD to try it on. When I had it on it looked EVEN better than how it looked on the hanger. I called my parents who were in NJ at it was 4 am to show them the outfit. They had tears in their eyes and that's when we knew this is a "say yes to the dress" moment!!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part for me was paying attention to all the minor details. I am a very detailed organized person and I had all the minor details down to a T! The name cards matched the bar signs which matched the table number signs which matched the note we had in each welcome bag which matched the sticker that was on the box inside the welcome bag. Everything had to be perfect for our special day! I had a vision for our reception and wanted everything to be purple and gold and we made it happen. From the decor to the lighting to the cake to the lights on the dance floor. The details and efforts that even went into putting together the welcome bag where we didn't just put some snacks for the sake of putting snacks, we thought long and hard about what to put. We put two bottles of water, a pack of veggie straws or veggie chips (since they are both dairy-free and gluten-free we kept peoples allergies and diet restrictions in mind) we put in a few pieces of chocolates, a pack of breakfast biscuits along with 2 packs of premade ginger teas as Indians love their ginger teas! Amit and I also made special welcome bags for our bridal party which consisted of Advil, shoe polish brush, shoehorn, gum, safety pins, bobby pins, Gatorade and a small bottle of alcohol. So I loved paying close attention to making the smaller details for the wedding look perfect! I knew for the bigger picture I trusted all my vendors so I know I was in good hands with them! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests really liked the priest that we had for our ceremony. Not only did he explain everything in English for those who didn't understand but his way of doing the ceremony was quick and precise. A lot of people that liked how he ended off our wedding ceremony which was: this is not yours and my life, this is our life.. this is not yours or my money this is our money... we are two souls becoming one.. and just the way he said it, it touched everyone and people still almost 3 months later mention how great our priest was and how inspirational he was!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Honestly, the entire wedding just flew by but two moments that keep replaying in my head were when Amit and I did our first look. I remember walking up to the spot where he was standing and knowing that when I tap him on his shoulder this is gonna be my HUSBAND turning around!! I had that same feeling while walking up to the mandap. I had all eyes on me walking in but I was like a horse my eyes were just focused on the mandap and how my groom was sitting there waiting for us to start our "forever" journey! Those are the two moments that keep replaying in my mind!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Future Brides please do yourself a huge favor and get an event coordinator. Our wedding would not have been possible without our event coordinators. When we initially started our wedding planning process we thought to ourselves we can pull this off without an event coordinator since I love planning and I am very detail organized! I realized 6 months before our wedding that I was wrong and that by trying to do everything yourselves and putting that pressure on yourself is only going to make you go crazy! We began to shop around for event coordinators and as soon as we found one that we liked we signed with them and I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. The morning of the minute I saw our lead coordinator I felt all the stress just leave my body! Our event coordinators made sure everything was running as per the schedule and that we got everything our vendors promised us as per our contracts. On your big day trust me you have no time to run around to make sure everything runs on time and you are getting what was promised per vendor, you gotta bring in the professionals. Its been almost 3 months since our wedding and people still talk about how amazing our coordinators were and that hands down was the best decision we made for the wedding!! So please please please do yourself a huge favor and get yourself an event coordinator!!
 
Stay for part two!
STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Romantic
season
Autumn
color
Venues: Bridgewater Marriott | Planning & Design: Tum Hi Ho Events | Photography: Fine Art Productions | Floral & Decor: JP Decor | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: Luxe Entertainment | Transportation: Moonlight Limos


Reston, VA Indian Wedding by Photographick Studios

Welcome back, darlings! Rinkey & Atur's love story continues, and we have all the details surrounding their wedding reception party! Events by C designed and executed a night to remember, transforming the halls of the Hyatt Regency Reston into a perfect scenario for Rinkey & Atur to celebrate this life milestone! There were elegance and glamour all over the place, matching the unique decor crafted by Yaadein Weddings. DynastyAV was called in to set the musical mood for this gala, and what a great decision it was! The DJ put everyone on their feet and enliven every moment of the evening playing the hits of the moment! If you wanted to take a break from all the dancing to catch your breath, you could do so while tasting the delicious dishes Rangoli cooked for this event! In between dancing and sweet treats from Amphora Bakery, all the guests had the time of their lives! They all wanted to keep a memory of the day, and thanks to the talented team from Photographick Studios, they all did! This fantastic photographic studio snapped shots from every angle to portray the most memorable scenes of the gala. If you want to check them out, make sure to visit today's gallery! It is a visual delight!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met online on Shaadi.com. I had sent Atur a message through the app saying that I liked his profile and thought we had a lot in common about what we were looking for in a relationship. I sent him my email address for further communication. Atur messaged me back the next day with his phone number and told me to text him instead, and we texted for about a month before finally having a chance to talk to each other on the phone for the first time. That first phone call lasted 2 hours and was very comfortable, fun, and honest, which is what made the match so promising in my eyes. We would talk and text daily after that until finally FaceTiming the end of December, which went well too. We decided to finally meet in person and coordinated a date I could fly to DC: January 12, 2018. Things took off from there!
 
There were two significant moments I knew Atur was the right guy for me. One was a typical Bollywood movie scene where at my old apartment in Woodbridge, VA, I was sitting down to do my morning prayer and Atur sat down with me and said he wanted to become more spiritual with me. He continues to make a better person by doing the right thing and doing good for others. The second moment was when he came to visit me in April 2017 to help me move out of my apartment and he met my parents for the first time. The connection I felt with him and my family, I knew that this was the guy for me. I felt the same connection with his family in May 2017 when I met them for the first time and it confirmed that I wanted to be part of their family in the future.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Atur's Words:
I was planning on spending Thanksgiving weekend with Rinkey’s family and told her I would fly on Wednesday. But as only her family and mine knew, I secretly arrived Sunday to set-up everything for the proposal. I stayed in a hotel 20 min from her place until Wednesday, while building a functioning mini-replica of the Trevi fountain, setting up partition boards to create a fake wall in her apartment, and arranging all the photos/candles/rose petals/props that I would use to decorate her apartment. After she left for work on Wednesday, I decorated her apartment like an Italian café, put up a fake wall that looked like an Italian storefront, and set out candles and rose petals to set a romantic mood. I hired a photographer to photo/video the entire proposal. Rinkey created a little stress by getting out of work early, which led to some white lies I had to tell her to buy some time, but it worked out in the end! When she arrived, I had her close her eyes, make a wish, and toss a coin in the “Trevi fountain”. When she opened her eyes, I was on one knee with the ring and proposed. She said yes! We then had a mini-photo shoot with the photographer, and then went out to dinner – where she was surprised by our parents and her brother, who we had dinner with and then spent the weekend with to celebrate!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We went to India to shop for wedding outfits for me as well as my family. We only had 8 days to do all the shopping and I had no luck finding my wedding dress for the first three days. We went to all the big-name stores as well as designer stores in Ahmedabad and I could not find a dress that fit the image I wanted which was frustrating. I had brought designer ideas to each of the stores and none were able to match what I was visioning. It was on the fourth day after going to countless stores and spending 8 to 10 hours a day shopping and searching where I randomly told my mom that we should go inside of Asopalav on Ashram Road. We had already visited the other Asopalav in India, where I had no luck but I had a gut instinct to visit the one on Ashram Road even though it was not on the list of stores I wanted to check out. We ended up meeting the team that handles Bridal Dresses at which point we met Akash Bhai. Akash Bhai and his crew knew exactly what my vision was and gathered dresses that were not on their initial display. After trying on 3 to 4 dresses, he brought out the final piece which he knew was the dress I would pick and in fact, I did pick that dress. It matched exactly to the pictures I had brought as well as what I visioned. I could not thank Asopalav on Ashram Road enough for helping me through the process.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part of the planning process was food tasting, cake tasting, and decor meetings. These meetings did not require work and it was a portion of wedding planning where we could relax and take a breather.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Organized and Punctual
Creativity- Wedding program custom made by us with the title "Shaadi Times". Atur hand created all the sections and made it unique to our story and us. Travel theme guestbook table and postcards for wishes/advice
Magician at Reception Cocktail Hour
Father-daughter dance/mother-son dance and incorporating both sets of parents
Variety of food choices
Lassi at wedding
Bangle Bar at Garba
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Being on the Mandap with Atur and taking a moment to reflect on all the work we put towards the wedding and to see how it all came together. Looking out to see all the support and blessings of our family and friends. The first dance that we choreographed. Atur's surprise video presentation at the reception
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Make sure you enjoy the wedding planning process and to take a deep breath at moments that get stressful. Remember that it is one weekend and at the end of the day it's about you and your significant. It's easy to want everything for your wedding but remember to create a budget and focus on what is important for you and your partner. Think about how you want people to remember your wedding and be realistic.  During the wedding weekend, make sure you take a step back, look around, and reflect on your own about each of the events. Look to see how all the hard work paid off. Look at the decor details as well as who you are surrounded by. Take a few minutes during the weekend to notice all the small details and see how they look in the bigger picture. A lot of people gave me this advice and it truly helped me during my wedding weekend to not worry about the small things that don't go as planned but to look at the big picture of all the hard work that came to reality. Just remember to enjoy the weekend and not worry about any small details. Everything will work out and you only get that one weekend to enjoy the time of your life. Good luck :)!
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Photography: Photographick Studios | Mehndi Artists: Mehndi With Heena | DJ: DynastyAV | Planning & Design: Events by C | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Reston | Floral & Decor: Yaadein Weddings | Hair & Makeup: SKS Salon | Catering: Rangoli | Baraat (Horse): Harmons Carriage | Cake & Treats: Amphora Bakery


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