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Huntsville, AL Indian Fusion Wedding by Castaldo Studio

Good Morning, Maharanis! Today, we will join our two lovebirds, Aparajita & Grey in their nuptial celebration. And we are excited because this time there is not one but two wedding ceremonies that marked the start of the everlasting love story for this sweet couple. Lucky guys! If you are like us and enjoy reliving every special event by taking a look at the photos of it, we're sure that you will be blown away by the fantastic shots captured by Castaldo Studio. This photographic studio perpetuated every moment of this real-life fairy tale in such a marvelous way that we get to feel just as if we were there. How amazing is that! The exclusive Von Braun Center hosted this fabulous and unique event thoroughly orchestrated by Crimson Bleu Events. And you already know that each time this fabulous time is around, everything goes beyond perfect, and this time was no exception! Myar Décor enhanced the beauty of the different ceremonies and activities, with marvelous decorations that everyone loved. There was so much beauty all over the place, but nothing compared to the drop-dead gorgeous look of our blushing Maharani Aparajita. She trusted her beauty needs to Gwyneth Morales and MLAartistry, who created a winning combo that prised this Maharani's innate beauty and rendered everyone speechless. The festivities concluded with a spectacular reception party enlivened by DJ Jaz- GTB Productions, who put everyone to dance! Ladies, if you can't get enough of this wedding celebration, don't miss the full gallery that we have prepared for today! It is mindblowing, and we are sure that you are going to take tons of inspiring ideas from it. Make sure to check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Grey and I met in college when we were both in Concert choir and an a cappella group together. We were friends for years and I always say that is the foundation of our friendship. A few months after college we started officially dating and it was definitely work with me applying for medical school, him pursuing the military, and both of us living in separate cities. I think I knew he was “the one” when he left for basic training for 4 months. We were only able to talk twice on the phone during that time but we wrote letters to each other to keep in touch. I knew then that I never wanted to be without him again for the rest of my life!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I was doing my surgery acting internship at UAB on Cinco De Mayo. My friend told me that her parents wanted to take us out for her pharmacy school graduation so as soon as I got done at the hospital I had intentions to rush home to change. I may have made a detour to get margaritas (because it was Cinco De Mayo)! Of course I insisted on napping when I got back to my apartment but Grey kept his cool the whole time. When we finally got to the restaurant, we went out to this beautiful back patio and that’s when he proposed! What was so special was that my family, his family, and a couple of my close friends were all hiding in the back patio and came out to surprise me! He even had my friends bring me things to do my nails because I couldn’t have my nails done on my surgery rotation. He truly thought of everything.
 
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.
My venue was Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama. I had been to so many weddings here growing up that it was surreal to see how it was transformed into my vision of my special day.
All of my Indian outfits were purchased during a December trip to India. We shopped in Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai. The experience was so amazing and my husband actually came with us for a bit of the trip and got to see India for the first time! I was able to hand pick and alter or design all of my outfits which was very special.
My makeup artist was Maleigh McCloy who is based out of my hometown of Madison, Al. I stumbled upon Maleigh's makeup page on Instagram and immediately saw the talent she had for creating stunning makeup looks. She did my makeup for my engagement party and it was FLAWLESS. I knew she would be the perfect choice for my wedding. She managed to pull off 4 separate looks for the weekend with absolute perfection in addition helping out with some of my family's makeup as well.
My hair was by Gwyneth Morales based out of Birmingham, Al. I have been going to Gwyn for a few years now to get my hair cut and colored so I knew she would be someone I could 100% trust with my hair for my wedding. She went ABOVE AND BEYOND for my wedding weekend. We had multiple trials so she could get used to the jewelry and other accessories. She even had her mom sew in clips to my wedding dupatta so it would not fall off my head! I truly was so lucky to have her as my hair stylist.
My decor was done by Mital Dodhia with Myar Decor. Mital and I immediately clicked when we realized we both had similar taste for decor. Simple, elegant, traditional, with a contemporary twist. Her ideas were more than I could have ever even dreamed of. She flawlessly executed transitioning between the American ceremony and the more traditional Indian ceremonies. Her team was even able to build me a custom bar for my backyard Sangeet. She created the absolute perfect backdrop for the best weekend ever!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My bridal dress was from David's bridal in Birmingham. I knew that I wanted to get somethings simple and elegant that would juxtapose well against the lavish Indian outfits and that would not break the bank (as I would only be wearing it for our morning ceremony). I fell in love with a v-neck, A-line dress that had POCKETS! It made me feel so beautiful and confident!
My Hindu ceremony wedding dress was from Kolkata. IBengali brides traditionally wear red Banarasi saris for their ceremonies.I had always wanted to wear a lehenga for my wedding and I was able to find fabric that was beaded in a Banarasi print which I made into my lehenga. I wanted my blouse to be simple so that my jewelry would stand out. The designers in Kolkata were able to dye the fabric to the perfect red color and make my dream lehenga come to life!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the process was having my whole family help with all aspects of the wedding. From designing our signs, to choreographing for the sangeet, my family and close family friends were so incredibly helpful. There were times that I was feeling very overwhelmed because in addition to planning a wedding I was also applying and matching into residency, having to prepare to move to a different state, and having to buy a house to live in for the next 5 years while I'm in residency. My family did everything they could to help my out when I needed it. I also loved getting to celebrate our engagement and bridal showers with my aunties and uncles!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We were so lucky to hear so many compliments about things that people enjoyed about the wedding. People LOVED the food from Kabobish. They went above and beyond to provide an amazing menu for us. I also have heard so many compliments about the decor! A lot of future brides have reached out to me and I have recommended Myar decor whole heatedly to them!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It is so hard to pick just one. A truly special moment was getting to enjoy the Sangeet performances. Seeing all the hard work my aunties, uncles, family members, and friends put into dancing and singing still brings so much joy into my heart. I am so lucky to have such a loving community who would work so hard to make my sangeet unforgettable. An especially sentimental moment was when my Dad surprised me bringing me on stage to sing Akele Hum Akele Tum with him. This was a song that I sang with him when I was 3 years old on stage for the first time. We sang the song after the video of the original performance played for everyone. I barely made it through the song and definitely shed some tears along the way, but it made for such a perfect memory of that night!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process!! Wedding blues after your wedding is over is a real thing. It is so easy to get consumed with things that don't go right or with hitting deadlines and making decisions that you lose sight of the big picture. You will remember your wedding day forever,  but the memories of planning the wedding are such a huge part of the memories you will create. Surround yourself with supportive people and have the best time!!

That is all for today! Have an awesome day, and don't forget to join us tomorrow for more! 
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DJ: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Planning & Design: Crimson Bleu Events | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Von Braun Center | Floral & Decor: Myar Décor | Hair: Gwyneth Morales | MUA: MLAartistry | Catering: Kabob-ish | Baraat (Dholi): Jaskaran Singh | Cinematography: Castaldo Studio | Mehndi Artist: Maitri Modi - Maitri's Creations | Tent Rental: Special Occasions Birmingham | Local Rental: All Needz Rental | Photography: Castaldo Studio


Dana Point, CA Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Happy Tuesday, ladies! When you see your soulmate standing in front of you about to say, "Yes, I do," you realize that no matter where or what, your long-awaited dream dreamed wedding is about to come true. This is the case of Poorvi & Sudeep, our lovebirds from today. If the name of these lovely couple sounds familiar, it is because we have previously showcased their big wedding celebration in a visual masterpiece created by Avec Lumiere Productions that you can relive here. The beautiful gardens of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, hosted this beautiful festivity. Our friends from The Marigold Company trimmed and organized every detail of this celebration to perfection and found their best ally in 2Create Designs, who crafted a unique decoration for the different events. Raja Sudeep arrived at the baraat celebration riding a gorgeous white horse from Savannah Rose Carriages. And everything was just spectacular! We were particularly amazed by the natural beauty that our gorgeous Maharani Poorvi showcased during the entire festivities, stealing the show. She trusted her beauty needs to Dolled up by Lulu, who delivered nothing but perfection. What talent! To end this celebration, Fusion Sounds turn the gala into a real party with their phenomenal beats. You can relive this moment by visiting today's breathtaking gallery created by Lin & Jirsa Photography.

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Please visit us tomorrow, we have tons of inspiration waiting just for you!

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Floral & Decor: 2Create Designs | DJ: Fusion Sounds | Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Venues: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel | Planning & Design: The Marigold Company | Baraat: Savannah Rose Carriages | Cinematographer: Avec Lumiere Productions | Photographer: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Catering: Natraj Catering and Restaurants | Cake & Treats: It's All About The Cake | Live Music: Seaside Strings | Transportation: GoGo Charters


Los Angeles, CA Indian Wedding by Samson Productions

Good Morning, Maharanis! The end of this marvelous week is here, and as always, we are back to re-fill your inspiration with another lovely story filled with tons of emotions and great moments. You will love it! Today we are unveiling the beauty surrounding Mahira & Ekram's wedding celebration! If this sounds familiar is because we have previously showcased this event in a marvelous film by Samson Productions that you can relive here. Today we have more insights captured once again by the enormous talent of this photographic studio, so you can already imagine how amazing it is going to be! To start this journey, let me take you to the exclusive Taglyan Complex, the perfect venue chosen by our lovely duo to tie the knot. And all we have to say is that this was an excellent decision! Beauty was all over the place, but nothing compared with the ravishing look Mahira, our gorgeous Maharani, showcased after being papered by Peace Love Sakeena, who created the ideal style for her. Something we want to remark is the well-trimmed and planned event that The Marigold Company designed. They took it to a higher level, transforming our lovebird's vision into a dream come true. To relive these magical wedding details, make sure to visit today's enchanting gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Ekram (my husband) at a wedding. I actually just decided to approach him on a whim to tell him he looked familiar and just like that, we added each other on Twitter and started talking. I knew he was “the one” when I realized that he was genuinely my best friend. See, Ekram lived in the bay and I lived in Orange County, and we didn’t see each other as often as couples that are beach other do, so we relied on long phone and text conversations that ended up creating a strong foundation for our relationship.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I had taken Ekram to Victoria Beach in Laguna when I first started talking to him. He ended up flying down to SoCal and coordinating with my friends and family to plan his proposal there. What ended up happening was a bit of a wreck actually, my friends convinced me to dress up, took me out to dinner and decided to go to Victoria beach after. So at this specific beach the entrance is at the bottom of a staircase and so my friends are walking in front of me and at the bottom of the steps you see small candles lit leading to a path of red roses in the shape of a heart, my friends backed away and let me walk into the proposal but I noticed a lot of people I didn’t recognize and long story short I walked in to a DIFFERENT proposal!! Both my friends and I were so incredibly confused and they ended up having to call Ekram who had to come to the steps and lead me to HIS proposal which was further out from the steps, it was similar with rose petals and candles in the shape of a heart and he popped the question. Because of this fiasco, by the time my friends had figured out it wasn’t my proposal, the sun had gone down so there’s actually only one picture from that night that isn’t too dark or messed up, everything turned out fine I just cannot believe my friends and I walked into another girls proposal hahaha

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.
Luckily, I had a good ten months to plan my wedding. I knew exactly what kind of decor, what venues, what outfits, and which makeup artists I wanted. I went to Pakistan twice to ensure all my outfits were fitted and made properly, I visited my venues several times to ensure clear communication with the managers and I reached out to mua’s much in advance. I literally planned every single detail, including countless, thorough meetings with my decorator. I had a lot of vendors for my events so I ensured that my coordinator was aware of each and every one. Even so, things didn’t go exactly as planned, my MUA got stuck abroad and cancelled on me the night before my wedding (I ended up staying up till 4 am that night finding a replacement which is a whole story in of itself) and the day of my wedding, the decorating team arrived late so they were hastily attempting to finish on time, but everything came together even though it wasn’t exactly according to plan. Planning was a stressful process just because I was soo focused on every little thing being perfect, down to the day of my wedding where I was trying to check up on things even in my dress and makeup, but it ended up paying off as it all came together.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
As mentioned earlier, I went to Pakistan twice for my outfits. The first time I went for three weeks and I kid you not I looked at wedding outfits every single day. I knew I wanted red and gold but I wanted some more color in the dress as well. That proved hard to find as I remember finally picking an outfit on my final days of the first trip. I ended up choosing an outfit but altering the entire color scheme to match red, gold, and peach. My mom (who has an eye for color) helped me ensure every detail of that dress worked well, often times asking for swatches of the design before finalizing it. On my second trip, I was able to finalize other outfits and see my dress come to fruition, the end result was absolutely stunning, the shop owners themselves said that they decided to create one to place on the rack since we had designed the color scheme. I didn’t realize how heavy each outfit was until the day of the events as the hair, makeup, dress, and dupatta setting really make you feel sssooo much heavier but because of the rush and energy I was still able to dance my heart out at the events

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite part about planning was brainstorming ideas. I knew for a long time I wanted certain themes (peacock for mehndi and gold/white/blush for wedding) but being able to just come up with decor through looking at thousands of inspiration pictures was just so fun. My sisters had lots of fun sifting through instagrams and Pinterest pages to find vendors or cute ideas to incorporate at the events. It felt like a team effort and when it all came together, it was just amazing, I still cannot believe it sometimes.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I’ve been to a ton of weddings and so my main goal was to ensure that my guests had a good time. I didn’t want anyone to be bored of lengthy speeches or starve waiting on the food. I know that everyone appreciated this as they were entertained throughout and were not left hungry. Everyone absolutely loved the variety and quality of the food and dessert so shoutout to taglyan Complex’s in house catering. I made sure speeches were kept short, that the program overall wasn’t too long, and that food was served at appropriate times.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes so it was actually after the ceremony and during our entrance at the reception. For some reason I was just nervous to enter the hall even though I had just gotten married. The music was playing and the doors were just about to open as Ekram tells me he’s going to do something. I was so confused as to what that meant and asked him what? But the doors had opened and we had to walk. As we’re walking in people are of course clapping and cheering and Ekram keeps saying I’m about to do it and under my breath I’m asking him what?? And then halfway into our walk just as we’re in the middle of the hall and the chorus of the song, Ekram takes off his turban and runs in a large circle around me while pointing to me as the sparklers are sparkling and the crowd just goes wild and I realized ooohhh this is what that meant. Every time that song comes on (sauda khara khara) I think of that moment

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 had quite a few events but my favorite were the mehndi and shaadi. The mehndi decor was peacock themed so it was very colorful within that color scheme and the decor was just amazing. Additionally, my family and friends practiced their dances for months and everything looked soo coordinated and just perfect. We also had hired dancers for both events, joya kazi for the mehndi who did more classical, technical style dancing and karmography who did more big, Bhangra type moves which was a nice contrast between the two that kept people entertained. I could go on and on about each and every vendor and what they did to make the event special, but it would take forever! I had found a singer on Instagram named Neel from New York City that ended up moving to LA after my wedding to further his music career here. We had a chai cart come to the mehdni that featured Kashmiri chai which was a crowd favorite. Agnes was a live painter for the wedding who everyone just loved. There was just so much going on for every event but it all came together beautifully.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My only advice is to take it easy and enjoy the events. I recall stressing out minutes before the ceremony and reception as the decor was finishing up and they had locked me into the room upstairs so I just couldn’t see anything anymore but as I entered both the ceremony and reception, everything came together and was fine even if it didn’t go exactly as planned. So just do your best to not worry the day of and enjoy your time because all this time, effort, and energy is spent on events that go by so fast so you might as well ensure you enjoy each and every moment of it

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Jewelry: I also took an very long time picking a set for my wedding mainly because my mom was extremely picky when it comes to gold but I ended up finding the most beautiful set I’ve ever seen and even though the entire thing was heavy I am still in awe just looking at the intricate design/sparkle.
My venues for the mehndi and shaadi, Hilton in irvine and taglyan cultural complex in LA were just amazing when the decor came together. Noel from Hilton and Hovig from taglyan were amazing people that were extremely nice and helpful to work with, they really did all they could to help.
There are lots of vendors we used but I really want to give a special shoutout to @peacelovesakeena who decided to do my wedding makeup last minute since lulu had cancelled and sakeena did an AMAZING job and was so kind to me and I knew she hadn’t slept since she was responding so late and I knew she had a bride in the morning and at night so she fit me in between which was just so nice of her because I actually almost fainted when I found out at 11 pm that my wedding hair and makeup artist was not going to be able to make it. I still can’t believe that happened but sakeena really came through and helped me.

For more inspirational stories, visit us Monday. We have something special for you.

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Planning & Design: The Marigold Company | Cinematography / Photography: Samson Productions | Ceremony Venue: Taglyan Complex | Reception Venue: Taglyan Complex | Floral & Decor: Bling and Bloom Designs | Catering: Taglyan Complex | DJ: Exclusive Productions | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Karmagraphy | Bollywood Performers (Mehndi): Joya Kazi Unlimited | Cake & Treats: Portos Bakery & Cafe | Live Music (Harpist): Liska Yamada | Live Music: Neel | Sparklers and CO2 Guns: Spark My Events | Painter: Event Painting by Agnes | Rentals (Chair): Glam Events | Hair & Makeup: Peace Love Sakeena


Addison, TX Indian Wedding by Texpertz Photography

TGIF! We were dying to come back to you to present to you the marvelous outcome of Farzana & Rahim's wedding celebration. On this installment, we will take you to the exclusive Venue Forty50 to admire the beautiful wedding ceremony and reception. Right from the top, let me tell you that De'Ondra Turner planned and organized every single detail from this event, making sure to accomplish every dream and desire from our lovebirds. Outstanding! We loved the love cloud that surrounded everyone at each ceremony, and of course, the flower arrangements and beautiful centerpieces crafted by the talented Prashe Decor's team filling every corner with the ideal decoration. To turn this fantastic gala into a real party, our friends from DJ Riz Entertainment jumped into stage and played well-selected music, making this an epic night. We should thank heaven for Texpertz Photography's talent, who captured every intimate moment and created a beautiful photo gallery. So don't think twice and visit it. I bet you will be amazed by all beauty displayed.

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We have more for you. So come back tomorrow for your daily shot of inspiration. 

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Venues: Venue Forty50 | Planning & Design: De'Ondra Turner | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Cinematography: Texpertz Photography | Photography: Texpertz Photography


Addison, TX Indian Wedding by Texpertz Photography

Happy Friday, Maharanis! We just reached the end of this fabulous week, and we are here with a new love story that will captivate your soul. Today we will admire Farzana & Rahim's marvelous wedding festivities. On this installment, we will review the Sangeet celebration performed before the big day. To begin this lovely journey, let me share with you that every single detail from this memorable event was orchestrated by De'Ondra Turner, who, in all aspects, transformed our lovely duo's vision into a reality, creating a fantastic event! This pre-wedding ceremony was beautiful beyond words, and it united the two families to celebrate their favorite ones. The phenomenal beats from DJ Riz Entertainment created a magical environment making everyone dance the entire night. And we want to give a big shoutout to Prashe Decor, who crafted a beautiful decoration that added perfection to the night. If you are enjoying this wedding as much as we are, let me tell you that we have much more for you to keep enjoying it. Today, we are double featuring this event! We have the fantastic shots below and also a visual masterpiece in our Video Blog. Both are creations from Texpertz Photography, who made sure to capture every single detail from this entire celebration. So make sure to visit today's gallery for a new dose of inspiring ideas to get ready for the weekend. You will love it!

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We can't wait to present you the phenomenal outcome of this love story. So stay arround to enjoy it!

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Venues: Venue Forty50 | Planning & Design: De'Ondra Turner | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Cinematography: Texpertz Photography | Photography: Texpertz Photography


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