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20 fabulous

g if t s fit for a maharani

destination:

ala bam a 2013’s most memorable

wedd ing s December 2013

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issue N o. 4


20 fabulous

gif t s fit for a maharani

destination:

a l a b ama 2013’s most memorable

w e dding s

December 2013

|

issue N o. 4


20 fabulous

g if t s fit for a maharani

destination:

ala bam a 2013’s most memorable

wedd ing s

December 2013

|

issue N o. 4


Courtyard by M


Marriott Kauai


Seven Deg


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I n s i d e this I s s u e

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Featured Weddings:

Nina & Amit’s Romantic Candlelit Wedding

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Priya & Arun’s Beachside Bliss Wedding

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Neepa & Amish’s Grand Garden State Wedding

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Ronak & Rindha’s Luxurious Waterfront Wedding

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Nitesh & Sandra’s Opulent Oasis Wedding

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Tara & Brendan’s Modern Metropolitan Wedding

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Planning Elegance


Image by Vijay Rakhra

letter FROM THE EDITOR

MAHA RA N I W E D D I N G S : winter 2 0 1 3

With the holidays upon us, it’s time to rejoice with friends and family, and to be thankful for all that we have in our lives. 2012 was a record year for Maharani Weddings, and we are humbled and blessed to be surrounded by our loyal group of readers, creative vendors that constantly push the limits, and blissful South Asian weddings that never stop taking our breath away. The December issue is dedicated to celebrating the one thing that remains at the top of our Christmas list: love. Our favorite moments from this issue are the way that our gorgeous couples look at one another, and how they are magically captured by their expert photographers. It’s the warmth of Tazin and Naveed, the innocence of Sunveet and Sat, and you haven’t seen true joy until you see Julie and Sachin on their wedding day. With the season filled with wonder and romance, we hope that you enjoy this issue as much as we do.

xo,

Shawna

Founder/CEO

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Romantic

N i n a and A m i t ’ s

Candlelit Wedding May 31, 2013 S pa r ta n b u r g , S C


“Weddings are so special because everyone comes together to celebrate the best thing in the world: love.�


“The aisle was lit up with candles, casting a romantic glow.”


“A float decorated in traditional colors carried f r i e n d s & f a m i ly down the promenade for the baraat.�


Featured Vendors: Baraat: Southeastern Float Inc. / Bartender: Bartenders Cleveland Park / Cakes & Treats: Bakery by Bill, Publix / Catering: Saffron Indian Restaurant, Olive Garden, Sushila Rana, Rajbhog / Cinematography: Rodinis Films / DJ & Entertainment: DCS Dynasty, Kuntal Shah (Dhol Player) / Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la, Haar Vendor (Garlands) / Hair & Makeup: Bridal Elements Hair & Makeup / Lighting: Get Lit Productions / Mehndi Artist: Guest Henna / Photography: Nadia D Photography / Planning & Design: KIS (cubed) Events / Rentals: Event Rentals / Venues: Washington Marriott Wardman Park , HoJo, Cleveland Park


“Candelabras, plumes of white feathers, roses, and dripping crystal— t h e r e c e p t i o n w a s s t u n n i n g.”


Rooster Tail

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P r i y a and A r u n ’ s

beachside bliss wedding

June 1, 2013 Carmel, California

“We wanted something n a t u r a l a n d r e l a x e d. It was very important that the entire event was kid friendly since so many family and friends have little ones.�


“A palette of traditional reds and golds set the stage for a radiant event.�


�Bright summery bunches of flowers were the centerpieces along with sweet little dog silhouette place cards.�


“An ice cream truck arrived bringing delicious desserts just before guests began a flash mob —too fun.”


Featured Vendors: Baraat: Deep Dholis, Monterey Bay Equestrian / Cakes & Treats: Twisted Chill Ice Cream Truck / Catering: Tumeric Restaurant, Night & Day Productions / Cinematography: Wedding Documentary + Cinema / DJ & Entertainment: DJ Andi Mobile Music Entertainment / Floral & Decor: Country Essences Flowers / Hair & Makeup: The Last Resort / Photography: Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema / Planning & Design: Every Last Detail Wedding & Event Coordination / Rentals: Chic Event Rentals / Transportation: Main Event Transportation / Venue: Holman Ranch


Royalty House


N e e p a and A m i s h ’ s

grand

Garden State Wedding May 18, 2013 Edison, New Jersey


“For the gaye holud we wanted to emphasize yellows along with pinks and bright c o l o r s .�


“I wanted to be a traditional bride with a nontraditional unique touch, therefore my outfit was all red with a deep purple choli blouse.�


“The most special moment was when we were exchanging gifts; my husband gave me an iPad with a video of him expressing how excited he is to s p e n d h i s l i f e w i t h m e.�


“Our reception was p o s h , c o n t e m p o r a r y, Moroccan, and fun.�

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Featured Vendors: Baraat: X-Entertainment DJ / Cinematography: A&A Video Productions / DJ & Entertainment: X-Entertainment DJ / Floral & Decor: Abhishek / Hair & Makeup: Kanwal Batool, Mari Of NY / Lighting: X-Entertainment DJ / Photography: Mohaimen Kazi Photography / Venue: Royal Albert’s Palace MaharaniWeddings.com

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Luxurious

R o n a k and R i n d h a’ s

Wat e r f r o n t W e d d i n g September 1, 2013 Laguna Niguel, California


“The waterfront ceremony venue was b r e a t h t a k i n g.”

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R o n a k and R i n d h a’ s

Wat e r f r o n t W e d d i n g September 1, 2013 Laguna Niguel, California


“The waterfront ceremony venue was b r e a t h t a k i n g.”

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“Bright colors and twinkle lights brought a whimsical r o m a n c e to the sangeet.�


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“Guests sipped fabulous f r e s h f r u i t cocktails.”


OPTION 2


“Guests sipped fabulous f r e s h f r u i t cocktails.”


“The ballroom had a luminous purple glow giving everything an added sparkle.�


Featured Vendors: Baraat: Have Trunk Will Travel / Catering: D Palace / Cinematography: Hoo Films / DJ & Entertainment: Umair, HeeJin Yoon (Harpist), Timree (Live Painter), Max and Reuban (Caricature) / Floral & Decor: 2Create Designs / Hair & Makeup: Design Visage / Photography: Amy and Stuart Photography / Planning & Design: PinkRockEvents, LLC / Ringbearer’s Elephant Buggy: Artist With A Needle / Venue: The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel


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Opulent Oasis N i t e s h and S a n d r a’ s

W e d d i n g

May 5, 2013 Armacao de Pera, Portugal

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“We loved the exquisite setting of our venue perched above the cliff tops, surrounded by beautiful gardens that overlook the ocean.� MaharaniWeddings.com

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“Our wedding was a r o y a l a f f a i r , a fusion of opulent Rajasthani and Moghul styles with rich colors.�

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“Each table was decorated in scattered white rose petals and romantic votive floating candles filled with blue hydrangea petals.�

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“My endless request for a lot of candles was fulfilled, from the centerpieces to the lanterns. It gave the evening such romantic feel, under a s t a r r y s k y.�

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Featured Vendors: Baraat: Masters of Entertainment / Catering: Vila Vita Parc, Chef Ram Prasad from London / Cinematography: JM Wedding Cinematography / DJ & Entertainment: DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting / Floral & Decor: Algarve Wedding Planners / Hair & Makeup: Rui Botto Maquilhador, Joao Diog Oliveira / Mehndi: Safia Bakht & Uruj / Photography: Algarve Wedding Photography / Planning & Design: Algarve Wedding Planners / Venues: Vila Vita Parc (Wedding), Pestana Viking Resort (Mehndi, Pithi, Ganesh Pooja, Milni), Restaurant Vilarinhos (Sangeet)


T a r a and B r e n d a n ’ s

modern m e t r o p o l i t a n

wedding

May 26, 2013 San Francisco, California


“There’s nothing better in the whole world than marrying your t r u e l o v e.”


“Peach and white roses accented the ornate mandap and c a l l a l i l e s were tied to each seat along the aisle.�


“City hall was t r u ly t r a n s f o r m e d for the magical event.�


Featured Vendors: Bridal Fashions: Sandhya Agarwal (Sari Tying) / Cakes & Treats: Studio Cake, Ice Cream Catering / Catering: Amber India SF, KC Catering and Event Planning / DJ & Entertainment: Jazz Mafia / Floral & Decor: Floramor / Hair & Makeup: Lavina Shah / Lighting: Got Light / Mandap: Prime Party Rentals / Photography: Arrowood Photography / Planning & Design: Floramor / Rentals: Seko's Events / Venue: San Francisco City Hall


“Delicate bouquets and flickering candles created b e a u t i f u l c e n t e r p i e c e s .”


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