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Chantilly, VA, Sikh Wedding by I Alam Photography

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! I can't think of a better way to start the day than with Praneet & Navjot celebrating their lovely wedding! Thanks to I Alam Photography, we are able to enjoy the elegance and gorgeousness of this lovebirds' special day, as their lens was able to capture the most amazing and playful moments of this breathtaking and colorful celebration. The exclusive Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles hosted both the ceremony and the reception for these newlyweds and it was the perfect place for this event as it exceeded all expectations. Every small detail contributed to making this event not just classy, but exquisite. The exceptional planning and design that SW Events put together was the perfect complement to set the mood for this solemn and special event. Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla selected exquisite and stylish colors for Praneet's makeup as well as a delicate and classic hairstyle that were the perfect combination to highlight her beauty. As you can tell by the photos, Praneet looked ravishing on her coral peach lengha, draped and tied by Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla, and this was perfectly complemented by the fabulous and delicate Mehndi design done by Bhavna’s Henna and Arts. We are also loving the majestic jewelry that Nanak Jewelers Patiala and Vijay Jewelers Patiala selected for Praneet since this praised her while giving a perfect touch of elegance and style. So get ready to join us on this love story, you don't want to miss!

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What a great way to get inspired, isn't it, ladies? Do not forget that I'll see you tomorrow for more!

Mehndi Artists: Bhavna’s Henna and Arts | Hair & Makeup: Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla | Venues: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles | Draping/Styling: Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla | Planning & Design: SW Events | Baraat: Harmons Carriages and Training | Floral & Decor: The Moment Events | Catering: Diya Bistro | DJ: Dynasty Ave- DJ Ashu & Justin | Bridal Fashions: Frontier Heritage | Bridal Jewelry: Nanak Jewelers Patiala | Bridal Jewelry: Vijay Jewelers Patiala | Cake & Treats: Fingerhut Pasteries | Cinematography: Paperboy Films | Favors: Fingerhut Pasteries | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Somya Packers | Lighting: Dynasty AVE | Live Music: Parteek Dhindsa | Photo Booth: Magic Mirror PhotoBooth | Registry: Zola Wedding Registry | Rentals: Sammy’s Rental | Tuxedos: Navdeep Emporia | Tuxedo Styling: Vikas Bareja | Bridal Fashion for Sangeet/Pre-shoot & Choora: Akriti by Shakun | Bridal Trunks: Pataaree | Dhol: Saminder Singh Dhindsa | Wedding Bands: May Jewelers | Bridesmaid Outfit: Alka Nath | Groomsmen Outfits & Shoes: Navdeep Emporia | Wedding Signature Board: Harper Grayce | Turban Tying: Pagh Life | Mehndi Decor: Spoonful of Sugar (Priyanka) | Catering: Dizzy Cow Pizzeria | Photography: I Alam Photography

Oakland, NJ Sikh Wedding by Images by Aaron

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! I can't think of a better way to start this day than with this sweet and lovely couple celebrating their wedding! As you can see, the bride's makeup looked stunning on this special day, thanks to the extraordinary work of Style by Susmita. You can appreciate the exquisite and stylish color selected for her apparel by Anita Dongre that highlighted Jasleen's beauty. Every small detail made this event not just classy but captivating and flawless. The impressive decoration that Tradition and Trends put together was the perfect complement to set the mood for this solemn and unique ceremony at Guru Nanak Mission. Truly, this was an unforgettable event thanks to the help of Events by Srishti. Undoubtedly, this breathtaking ceremony had to be filmed and captured. This moment will always be remembered thanks to the incredible job of The Guerrilla Clan and the fascinating talent of Images by Aaron. This was such an outstanding job that just by looking at the pictures, it makes you feel like you were in the magnificent Old Tappan Manor, where this reception took place. The newlyweds, Jasleen & Akaash, were having the time of their lives while sharing with their family and friends the rhythm of the Platinum Roadshow. This wedding had a long-awaited and memorable moment since these lovebirds were not allowed to see each other before the ceremony, so they did a first touch rather than a first look! Don't miss the fascinating gallery. You will love it!

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Ladies, keep coming back for more! 

Planning & Design: Events By Srishti | Ceremony Venue: Guru Nanak Mission - Oakland | Reception Venue: Old Tappan Manor | Floral & Decor: Tradition and Trends | Hair & Makeup: Style by Susmita | Catering: Benares Restaurant & Catering | DJ: Platinum Roadshow | Bridal Fashions: Anita Dongre | Cinematography: The Guerrilla Clan | Mehndi Artist: Rita Shah's Mehndi | Rentals: Rags To Rickshaws | Pagg Tying: Saminder Singh Dhindsa | Pagg Tying: Saffas for Weddings | Photographer: Images by Aaron

Endwell, NY Sikh Wedding by House of Talent Studio

Good morning, Maharanis! February promises to inspire you with all the love stories, cute suggestions, and exciting details we have for you! To start with today's love story, let me welcome you to Kavan & Anoop's journey! These lovebirds are young, gorgeous, and most importantly, in love! So much so that they celebrated their traditional spring wedding with their beloved family and friends. My dears, that is the best to do it! Right? The place where the magic took place was unbelievable! Kavan & Anoop hosted an unforgettable event at  Binghamton Country Club. This country club offers excellent venues for you to make your big day a precious memory! To ensure every detail went perfect, Events Cherished took control of the coordination extraordinarily! This team knows how to handle every little detail! Maharanis, let me tell you that this couple knew that serving first-class cuisine was a must for their event! Royal India Restaurant was the best choice, and I know everyone worshiped the dish this team of professional chefs prepared; their main ingredient is love for the culinary art! Hey! I want to make sure I mention the team that pampered our Maharani. Mari Felo - ATLYA STUDIO made sure to make our lovely Kavan feel comfortable and flawless! They did a very classy hairstyle and subtle makeup. Everybody adored her! Plus, our Maharani wore a delicate traditional dress from Sahiba Fashions that made the bride look like a Bollywood Star! To make this wife and husband feel like stars, House of Talent Studio photographed them at their most tender and adorable moments, which we have compiled in today's jaw-dropping gallery. So, wait no more and get ready to check it out. I'm sure you will love every single shot!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Anoop years ago when we were kids. We used to attend the same overnight Sikh summer camp. Through that camp his family became good friends with one of my family's good friends. Anoop and I became friends and got to see each other at gatherings and at camp. We found out we had many common interests. We bonded over our love of football, food, and travel. He always knew had to put a smile on my face from 3 states away. I knew he was the one when he would spend his weekends off from work in cold, snowy upstate New York visiting me in grad school.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We got engaged the day before my birthday. It was only a month after I had moved to Virginia. Anoop had planned for my parents to come visit us. He knew I wasn't fond of my birthday or making it a big deal. Even so he insisted I got out and get something new to wear for dinner. The week leading up to my "birthday dinner" Anoop was taking a lot of phone calls outside. The day of the dinner Anoop was on the phone outside, talking about how he would come pick someone up later. Eventually it was time for dinner, I became annoyed when Anoop disappeared before dinner and didn't tell me anything about the evening ( I hate surprises). He also chose a restaurant that was 1 hour away from our house. When we arrived at the restaurant Anoop met me and we went to the rooftop, while everyone else stayed downstairs. Up on the rooftop I had to close my eyes and Anoop led me to an area that was beautifully decorated with flowers. He got down on one knee and proposed to me with a cherry Ring Pop. It was a long standing joke between us that he could propose with a Ring Pop and I would say yes, as long as it was cherry. After the proposal we were joined by both of our families, and siblings, and a few very close friends. He also surprised me with bringing our 3 month old puppy, Bennett. A photographer was there to capture  the whole thing. Afterwards we all had an amazing dinner together.

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.
We got married in my hometown, which is a small town in Upstate New York. There is a small indian community. With it being a small town our decisions on venue was simple. We knew we wanted our Reception to be at a hotel for the sake of convenience for our guests. The DoubleTree hotel was the prefect place for us. The ballroom was grand and the hotel was modern. DoubleTree cookies are also Anoop's favorite so it seemed like a no brainer for us. Hair and makeup was also a no brainer for me! I had a friend recommend a friend of hers and when I met Mari, I just knew she was the right person for me. She understood my vision of what I wanted for my hair and makeup. She took my "natural but glamorous" direction and brought it to life. The rest of the planning for decor and theme was all in collaboration with my mom. We talked about the other weddings we had been too and what we liked and didn't like. We also found different ideas on the internet,

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When going into looking for a wedding lengha, I knew I didn't want something traditional and red. I have a lot of family who lives in Canada so we had gone to visit them. During our visit my mom insisted we go and look at some shops to get ideas for when we went to India. When we went into the first shop I steered completely clear of anything red. I tried on a few different lenghas but I knew I wasn't planning on buying anything. But when I tried on one lengha in particular I fell in love. It was a  beautiful peach color with silver bead work. I took it off and we moved on, but I couldn't stop thinking about the peach lengha. We left the store and I still was thinking about that specific leghna. That is how I knew it was the one! We went back the next day and It came home with me! As for my reception outfit, I actually ended up buying it from a virtual consultation because everything was closed during COVID. I knew I wanted something that was different and I wanted it to be easy to dance in. The store I worked with was great, I shared pictures of things that I liked. I then told them what color I was interested in and my budget. We then had a video call where they showed me 10 options. From there we narrowed it down and they sent me individual pictures and videos of my top outfits. After I picked my gown, they walked me through taking my own measurements via video. They even helped me design a custom duputta to match. The gown arrived and it was perfect!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our wedding was super special both us and our guests because of the timing. Our wedding was the first time that people really were able to gather again after 18 months of COVID. It was such a happy joyful occasion because we finally got to celebrate our love with ALL our family and friends. The wedding brought a sense of normalcy back to life. People from all across the country were finally able to safely gather together. Another thing our guests particularly loved was our DJ and entertainment team. Shoutout to DSD Lighting and Events. Monish and Himanshu were incredible. They did all the music and audio from our Sangeet,  Baraat, to the Anand Karj and the Reception. They kept the dancing floor rocking all weekend long.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Cake was done by Gabriella's Cakes in Binghamton NY

Come back tomorrow for a new love story!

Photography: House of Talent Studio | Venue: Binghamton Country Club | Hair & Makeup: Mari Felo - ATLYA STUDIO | Catering: Royal India Restaurant | Bridal Fashions: Sahiba Fashions | Planning & Design: Events Cherished Wedding Planning | Decor: Stacey Webb | Flowers: Mulberry & Fern

Pontiac, MI Sikh Wedding by Killer Creations Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! I hope you are ready for a new romantic story because today's entry is one I cannot wait to share with you. Today's story belongs to a lovely couple, Sonika & Guneet. After a touching ceremony hosted at the Mata Tripta Ji Gurdwara Sahib, they decided to host a sensational reception at the striking Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac. Maharanis, this place is classy and romantic. Perfect for making the wedding of your dreams a modern reality! Marigold Wedding Planners offers attention to detail and creative insight that will distinguish your event, making it one of a kind! How perfect is it to have a team of professionals helping you to create the wedding you always wanted? Maharanis, the planning and design of our newlyweds' reception enchanted everyone! Sonika & Guneet were looking to make every guest dance to the music of Sky Films and Productions. The DJ played the most fantastic tunes that made everyone dance the night away! Additionally, they set up the most incredible lightning that you wouldn't believe! Along with great music comes a great culinary experience from the best caterer, Punjab Indian Cuisine. Everyone tasted a delightful meal that I am sure our lovebirds will hear good comments for a long time! Maharanis, let's admire Sonika's beauty. Thanks to a fantastic makeup job by Makeup By JHobby and a perfect hairstyle by Hair by Ayesha, she looked astonishing. Our lovely bride caught everyone's attention! And thanks to our good friends from Killer Creations Photography and Cinematography, we get to relive every moment of this real-life fairytale in the form of beautiful shots, which we compiled on the jaw-dropping gallery below. So don't think twice and check it out. I promise you'll love every image!

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Maharanis, come back tomorrow for more love stories! 


Chantilly, VA Sikh Wedding by Maria Fasih Studios

Tuesday, a romantic day to say "I do" to a new love story. My gorgeous Maharanis, today the protagonists are Bhavna & Siddarth. A lovely couple who decided to celebrate their love with Punjabi and Sikh Wedding Events. One of the most memorable celebrations this beautiful couple hosted was at the luxurious Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. They know the secret to a flawless wedding is uncompromising attention to detail. So, to make the venue even more perfect, Maryam Shah - Embellish LLC put together a magical décor that made everyone feel like they were in a dream. The lovebirds wanted to make every guest feel the music to celebrate their love; that is why they called DJ Shiv - Shivish Entertainment. This team certainly played the best music selection and provided the energy to keep everyone on the dance floor! Bhavna & Siddarth couldn't be happier! The music really brought everyone together to have a well-deserved good time. As we all can agree, every grand celebration deserves the best catering. Diya Bistro prepared exclusive dishes for the big day, and let me tell you; they fascinated our lovebirds and guests. Along with a delicious dish comes the sweetest three-tier wedding cake. Sultana Sweet Delights - Tahirah Khan baked a delightful treat that I am sure our lovebirds still hear good comments from their guests. It was a cake to remember! Maharanis, let's admire the undoubtedly couple's beauty. The bride was astonishing, thanks to Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla. They did an exceptional hair and makeup job that caught everyone's attention. They also dressed our Maharani in the perfect gown. Henna By Shazia also did an incredible Mehndi art that made our Bhavna even more charming. Ted Baker London pampered the groom with a classy tuxedo. He looked handsome! Beauty, fashion, and elegance are words that represent these newlyweds. Monika Chadda enchanted everyone with the coordination of a fantastic dance with some of the couple's friends and cousins, along with a solo performance of our Maharani's favorite Punjabi folk song, Lathe de Chadar. To relive the most significant moments of this event, Maria Fasih Studios captured a beautiful set of photographs. And we've put them all together in this charming gallery for your enjoyment. So make sure to check it out! I promise you will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I’d lived in New York for several years when Sid and I matched on a popular dating app - Coffee Meets Bagel. I remember our first date vividly. We met at a quaint sushi restaurant in the Upper West Side for lunch, and instead of going off to run errands afterwards as planned, we ended up spending over six hours together! We made our way through various Upper West Side bars, talking about everything under the sun. It was like we had been friends forever and I was super excited to see him again.

Given Sid had just moved to the New Jersey to start his Endodontics residency, meeting was difficult. But we met whenever we could, and we both always left our dates feeling so comfortable and at ease...usually after sharing an amazing meal together. It was clear we had built a foundation of friendship which is so important in a relationship. But a few months later, I found out some amazing news - I was moving to California for a dream job at Google! Sid was so supportive of this, but we decided it may not be the best time do pursue a relationship, especially long distance. We did, however, decide to remain friends.  Our friendship continued with many phone calls and FaceTime calls, until  on a whim, I invited him on a work trip to Barcelona - and he said yes! It only took about one romantic meal and a glass of wine the first night for us to realize we couldn’t fight destiny any longer. That weekend was the most special weekend of my life, because I realized I was in love with my best friend. The rest we say, is history!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Sid was wrapping up his residency and I was taking a work trip to Singapore. The timing fell right around our one year dating anniversary, so we decided to make a big celebratory trip out of it! The plan was to spend a few days in Singapore after my work event and then fly out to Langkawi, Malaysia for some beach time. We arrived late on a Saturday night so we could spend some time exploring on Sunday before work kicked off for me on Monday. I woke up Sunday extremely jet lagged and cranky, but Sid suggested we go watch the sunrise at the Singapore Orchid Gardens - a UNESCO site right outside the city. The morning was a mess. I accidentally flooded my hotel bathroom when showering (long  story), Sid blew out his lower back, and I ended up realizing I needed to finish one thing for work before my event on Monday. By the time we made it out to the gardens, not only had we missed the sunrise, but it was over 90 degrees, humid, and extremely crowded. We walked around  and made the best out of it, but we both surely weren't in the best of moods. It was only as we were leaving the gardens, Sid noticed a beautiful fairway full of lush green grass and suggested we sit and take everything in after a whirlwind morning. As we finally were able to relax and chat about being together for a year and how happy we were, I was staring out at the beautiful landscape. I didn't even realize Sid was getting the engagement ring out of his pocket! It was then he popped the question, and of course I said yes. Given the time difference, we were able to just enjoy the moment and celebrate 1:1 for several hours before we made our calls to our family and friends back home, which made the moment all the more special.

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.
We were supposed to be married in May 2020, but the universe had a different plan for us and the many other would-be 2020 brides and grooms! I am extremely detail oriented and admittedly picky, so while I did get stressed at times, I really enjoyed the process of planning out every last detail of the wedding. Thus, when we had to cancel our wedding in 2020, we really just had to think about "lifting and shifting" the majority of our plans to a rescheduled date.

Coming from Punjabi families, we knew we wanted to have all of the traditional Punjabi and Sikh wedding events, while mixing traditional and western traditions. We held two events at my parents' house: a Chunni (engagement) ceremony for the families, and a Mehendi for all of the female guests.  I always knew I wanted to do some of my wedding events at my parents home and it really exceeded my expectations! It was extra special as my sisters and I did the design and decor on our own for the home events.

Our sangeet and wedding venue, the Westfields Marriott, was a dream. The #1 reason I wanted to have our wedding there was because of their beautiful terrace surrounded by lush greenery -  I always wanted to have an outdoor Anand Karaj (Sikh Wedding Ceremony) and the terrace was just perfect for it. I had a really clear vision for our ceremony - a simple, clean rustic theme - and ur decorator, Maryam, absolutely nailed my vision. I loved the reception hall we chose for the. massive chandelier and the huge windows. We kept the decorations simple with a same green and white motif as the ceremony.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When I went to India (New Delhi) for my wedding shopping, I never expected to fall in love with such a traditional dress. I was laser focused on something modern and non traditional, probably in a light pink! But the second I tried my dress on, ONLY due to the insistence of my mom and Masi (aunt), I knew this was "the one."

My wedding lehenga featured a burgundy satin velvet blouse embellished with zadozi embroidery, done with dabka, nakshi, sequence and zarkan work, in intricate goodly floral jaal and dense merging grids, paired with tonal satin velvet lehenga embroidery inspired with tradionational architectureal, floral and grid patterns, coupled with tonal embroidered net dupatta with scalloped heavy border and floral jaal all over. From @frontierraas "Regalia" collection, I felt like a real life Punjabi Queen from the Mughal Empire! My outfit featured a second dupatta in a light peach net to compliment my husband's sherwani, which featured peach dabka embroidery, and our bridal party's peach and gold outfits. It was pulled together with a matching crystal tassel belt.

My beautiful kundan chooda, from @sangini_accessories in Delhi,were paired with ruby and gold kalire.

I kept my wedding jewelry fairly simple, with an antique champagne stone and ivory pearl choker, matching earrings and tikka, and a pearl embellished naath (nose ring).

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the wedding planning process was definitely pulling all of our looks together and doing wedding shopping in India. Given work constraints, we only had 8 days to shop for clothes and accessories for myself, Sid, Sid's brother, my mom, my two sisters, two nieces, two nephews, AND our bridal party of 15 (!), for 4 events total. Though stressful, it ended up being really fun to find the perfect pieces and we literally would be out from dawn to dusk each night. When we returned home each evening, we would do a show and tell for our family of the days finds. We got really lucky that we were able to stay with our family that lives in a great area for new and upcoming designers, Shahpur Jat, so I was able to find some really unique pieces.

Once we finalized our outfits, I really loved the process of figuring out "the look" for each event. Shout out to Suman Auntyji for helping me bring my vision for each event to life!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After a year and half of being stuck in the house during a pandemic, I know our guests really loved the intimacy of a small Indian wedding (which is pretty rare) and the energy on the dance floor the sangeet and reception night. We would be remiss if we didn't give DJ Shiv a HUGE shout out for absolutely killing the music selection and providing the energy to keep everyone on the dance floor until the very last minute. He took it all in stride for some our guests favorite dance floor moments, including letting me steal the mic for impromptu raps and speeches, an impromptu limbo session during the reception, and many "naagin" (snake move) dance circles. The vibe was just perfect each night and really brought everyone together to let loose and have a well deserved good time.

We also are still hearing from our guests about our wedding cake, which was a three tier "Rasmalai Inspired Cake" from a local baker, Tahirah Khan, of Sultana Sweet Delights, as well as the Chole Bhature at the wedding lunch, which was made by our wedding caterer, Diya Bistro.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The wedding ceremony itself. I didn't expect to feel so emotional, but I was just so overwhelmed with love for Sid and our family and friends, most of whom traveled from all over the country to be there, freshly vaccinated in the midst of a pandemic. During our "lavaan" (marriage rounds) three of my best friends turned brothers - Rob, Satwant, and Gurpreet- stood at each corner, as well as my cousin brothers Vikas, Amit, and Deepak. I felt so blessed and loved having them by my side during such a milestone moment. My sister, Reena, who is a beautiful singer, sang a Shabad (Sikh Hymn), accompanied by her husband, Eran, on the keyboard. After the Anand Karaj, Sid and I exchanged our own vows, which were from the heart and brought both of us to tears. It was truly a wedding representing a union of two souls, as well as two groups of friends and families.

I should note that during our ceremony, there were tons of cicadas flying around. The 17-year cicadas  hide underground and only make their appearance every 17 years, like clockwork, in the northeastern quarter of the United States in order to mate and lay their eggs before going back underground. Remaining underground for so long gives the next generation a survival advantage when they eventually emerge again in 17 years. While they weirded out some of our guests for sure, in looking back, I find the symbolism of the cicadas being present at our wedding to be really beautiful. It's almost how we all had to quarantine for a year before the wedding and then emerged for a beautiful union and beginning :)

Also during my Sangeet, my parents surprised us with a “Punjabi tappe,” which was called “Kothe te aa Mayya.”

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.
It was awesome to have the chunni ceremony the day before formal events, as it served as a sort of "welcome dinner/meet and greet" for our extended families. For the Mehendi, my friends, who live all over the country, flew in and came straight to my house and kept me company while I was getting my mehendi done. For the official function, we sang traditional Punjabi wedding songs and also some American hits like Backstreet Boys, accompanied by the dholki!

On Saturday morning we had the choora ceremony while Sid (the groom) had his haldi ceremony with his family. It was so fun to see my kalire fall on the heads of ALL my single friends, which means they are all next to the wedding altar. That evening we had the Sangeet, hosted at the hotel, where our friends and family surprised us with a slew of singing performances and dances! Sid and I are both very much into music and I am a HUGE dance/Bollywood fan so I always dreamt of a performance-filled Sangeet. We had songs sung by cousins, friends, uncles, our siblings, and my parents, as well as speeches from Sid's best friend Prashant and my best friend, Courtney. For the dances, my best friend Monika, who is an TOP NOTCH choreographer, coordinated a huge dance with our friends and cousins, along with a solo performance of my favorite Punjabi folk song, "Lathe de Chadar." My sisters Reena and Navita, and best friends Gurpreet and Namita, also did amazing Bhangra dances. To top it off, my little niece, Iyla, and nephew, Evin, did their very first Bollywood dance, and we all melted!  Sid and I also surprised the crowd with a couple's dance to "Morni Banke." This was probably one of the most special moments, as Sid is not a dancer, and had never performed before! Just for me, he learned this choreography so we could fulfill my dream of having a true Punjabi Sangeet -- and he killed it!!!

Sunday was the big day. We kicked off with Sid's Baraat, where he chose to ride in a white Jeep Wrangler Renegade decorated with marigolds instead of the traditional white horse. Before entering the building, we had the Milni ceremony and my bridesmaids and bridesman made sure no one would enter until the groom paid up :).

The reception was the grand finale of the weekend. Sid's brother, Sunny, and his uncle and mom made very heartfelt speeches. My sister, Navita, also made a beautiful speech. I surprised Sid with a singing performance of Etta James' "At Last," to express how much he means to me. Much to our surprise, our family, friends, and nieces and nephews had more dance performances planned, the highlight being an epic performance to "Jalebi Baby," a classical performance by my sisters to "Ghar More Pardesiya," and dances by my brother in laws, Vani and Eran. The rest of the night was followed by many drinks and non-stop dancing in true Punjabi style.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Choose vendors you connect with and trust. You end up spending a year or more with these people planning, and if you have the wrong people by your side, you should trust your gut to go with someone else. There should be nothing stressful about your wedding weekend . If you feel that will be the case during your planning process, you should act accordingly.

I'd also say make sure you get your timeline for the weekend right and go over it several times with ALL of your vendors. For example, your photographer should confirm you have enough time for photos etc., your caterer should have input on when the food should be set up, etc. That synergy is key to ensuring everything runs smoothly! I'd also say have a point of contact for both families to assist with moving things along, even if you have a planner.

Maharanis, that is all for today, come back tomorrow for more!

Hair & Makeup: Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla | Venues: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles | Draping/Styling: Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla | Photography: Maria Fasih Studios | Photography: Maria Fasih Studios | Floral & Decor: Maryam Shah - Embellish LLC | Catering: Diya Bistro | DJ: DJ Shiv - Shivish Entertainment | Baraat: Shivish Entertainment | Bridal Jewelry: Sangini Jewelers | Cake & Treats: Sultana Sweet Delights - Tahirah Khan | Event Designer: Bhavna B. Sehgal | Favors: BeJoyfulCo | Fireworks: Shivish Entertainment | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Paperless Post | Lighting: Shivish Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Henna By Shazia | Registry: Crate & Barrel | Dhol Player: Arshdip Singh | Pagh Tying: The Pagh Life | Floor Wrap: Kundan Events | Groom Outfit (Sangeet and Wedding): Manyavar | Groom Outfit (Reception): Ted Baker London (Tuxedo) | Groom Outfit (Reception): Eton Shirts (Bowtie) | Groom Outfit (Reception): Christian Louboutin (Shoes) | Groom Outfit (Reception): Tiffany & Co (Cuff Links) | Bride Outfit (Chunni): Frontier Raas | Bride Outfit (Mehendi): Rajbinder Chahal | Bride Outfit (Chooda): Indya | Bride Outfit (Sangeet): Seema Gujral | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mishka | Choreographer for Sangeet & Reception Group Dances: Monika Chadda | Sangeet & Reception Group Dancers: Reena Batra Weerekoon / Navita Batra Bhaskar / Namita Azad / Gurpreet Manda / Courtney Jackson / Natasha Agarwal / Anika Sharma / Sumeen Maur / Shelly Gupta/Shikha Ghulati / Sirisha Vadali / Iyla Bhaskar / Evin Weerekoon / Mansi Sharma | Choreographer for Sister's Classical Dance: Yogen Bhagat | Dancers Classical Dance: Reena Batra Weerekoon/Navita Batra Bhaskar


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