You will not believe how this Indian bride blended her Indian tradition with her husbands Texas Charm!

When Priya Sambasivan met Ryan Foster through OkCupid, the first meeting lasted 7 hours! The connect was so strong, it seemed like a glove fitting over one’s hand. In Priya’s words,”The date felt like a long, slow exhale of breath I’d been holding for years”.

“We just fit together,” says Ryan. “We had similar values and philosophy of living but enough differences to help each other grow. She laughed at my stupid jokes, and my jaw dropped when I saw how beautiful she was.”

Two years later, the couple was tying the knot at the Hamilton Station Vineyards in North Virginia and it is just amazing how they blended each others culture and tradition within their wedding!

Everything from Priya’s dress to the wedding ceremony to the food was just fabulous as seen in the photos 🙂

The Bride getting ready! We love the color of the Lehenga!

Notice the Lehenga and the Boots to go with it! 🙂

The brides decorated hands and her Maang Tikka and Jhumkas

A closer look at the brides Texas Cowgirl Boots

The beautiful bride ready!

The Brides feet decorated with Mehendi 🙂

The set-up for the ceremony, a fusion between an altar and a mandap!

We love the floral decor leading up to the mandap!

The Priests altar replaced by a traditional looking Mandap.

The handsome groom with his parents 🙂

Priyas uncle from India was kind enough to chant the shlokas!

The Jaimala Ceremony

And also,”you may now kiss the bride!”

The buffet included a lavish spread of Indian foods and the globally famous Texas Barbecue! The wedding favours were cutely decorated boxes with Macaroons!

We love how the colour has been coordinated with Priya’s outfit 🙂

It’s the time to party!

The slipper-hooks are adorable!

The Lovely Wedding Cake!

Self Serving Water and Lemonade Station!

And the rest is history, Priya and Ryan are off to Scandinavia for their honeymoon and we can not get enough of the pictures from their beautiful wedding!

The Happily Married newlyweds!

We wish the newlyweds a great and prosperous married life together!

Photos by: Kursten Roe Photography

Event Planning & Design: Bellwether Events

Flowers: LynnVale Studios Llc

Table Rentals: Barnes Handcrafted Farmhouse Tables  Chair & Rug Rentals:

Chair & Rug Rentals: Something Vintage Heirloom Rentals & Styling

Bride’s Gown: Maharani Fashions

Hair & Makeup: Lori Nansi

Henna: Henna Harmony

Groom’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear

Music: Van Petty for MyDeeJay

Catering: Woodlands Restaurant and Hill Country BBQ

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes

Stationery: Invitations by Ajalon

Transportation: Dulles Limo

Interesting budget friendly Wedding Favour ideas!

Floral Bangles

Ask your florist to make hath phools (floral bracelets). They look beautiful, delicate and are an unusual accessory that most girls love to wear and they can be easily created using artificial flowers to last longer!

Set of Attar

Available in beautiful fragrances, you will be spoilt for choices. You can buy great fragrances and pack in 2 – 6 miniature bottles per set. Budget Friendly and something which everyone appreciates. They can be packaged in customized boxes which can be made from cardboard.

Herb Garden Starter Kits

This is one favor that will find its own spot in each of your guest’s kitchen. These cute boxes can be great for people to set up indoor herb gardens and are lots of fun.

Lak Bangle Maker

Having a bangle maker at your Mehendi Ceremony can be so much fun! Your guests get to choose from different colors and designs and can take back an entire set. Great engagement idea and a great wedding favor!

Colorful Ghungrus, Mini  Jewellery & Hand Mirrors

 Easily available and yet exclusive in making. A lot of effort goes into making handcrafted favors and these come quite handy. From holding one’s earrings to taking a quick look at oneself before an important meeting, the boxes and the mirrors also have a charm to them.

These are some ideas which can be used as favors, we have many more coming your way 🙂

Keep checking in!

These colorful DIY ideas for a wedding are so much fun!

From colored pants to bright shoes and bold accessories, colors are everything, they represent fun, frolic and festivity. They can be loud and elegant all the same, So why not have a wedding filled with pops of color in the decor, food and the theme?

We have put together some ideas which can add that extra bling to your wedding celebrations!

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Colorful Paper Napkins.

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These small and colourful wall hangings with cute messages

Bright Colored shoes can be so much fun for your entire wedding wardrobe!

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Small colored candy stations placed on tables as centerpieces can be a great attraction.

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Little colored cream toppings on different flavoured cupcakes.

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This cake topper!

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These Neon lights can be great for a cocktail reception!

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These colorful glasses and table centerpieces can sync in well with the overall theme of a cocktail reception, but would not work well with an Indian Reception Dinner 🙂

 

What this father did at his sons wedding will shock you and then leave you in awe!

As far as wedding gift ideas go, we have a gazillion options for products which can be gifted and if nothing else, there is always the envelope filled with money and a coin for shagun. But what Rakesh Vaishnav asked for was something you can never ever imagine.

When Rakesh Vaishnav decided to get his two sons, Arun and Alpesh married, he envisioned setting an example which has never been set before. The wedding took place at Ramganjmandi town in Kota Rajasthan.

To give you a bit of background, Rakesh lost a family member from complications owing to lack of blood and has since been donating blood regularly.

So at his sons weddin, he saw and opportunity and seized it and requested his guests to give him just one gift, that of donating blood. He set up a blood donation camp at the wedding venue.

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Even the wedding invitations read,”Uphaar ho to aisa, raktdan jaisa” (no better gift than blood donation).

While he made it clear to his guests, that in no way should they feel obliged to donate, his efforts inspired so many of his guests to actively participate in a cause that can make a huge difference to the current state of affairs in the country.

His request did inspire many attendees at the wedding to donate their blood, including his 21-year-old nephew Rahul Vaishnav and guest Saroj Sharma, who at aged 39 donated blood for the very first time. As many as 26 units of blood had been collected in one afternoon, and more was expected to be donated in the evening.

This wedding camp is not Rakesh’s only initiative. He has also worked on awareness campaigns, encouraging others to donate blood and assisting those in need of a donation. “I started a group called ‘Raktdata Jeevandata Samooh’ in 2012. It is connected with voluntary blood donation organizations in nine states and provides blood to the needy people,” he said.

All we can say is kudos, we can not draw enough inspiration from you Mr.Rakesh Vaishnav, and it’s such small beautiful gestures by citizens which will make our great country a shining light on the global stage.

Inside Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception!

Yes!  Pippa Middleton, the world’s most famous bridesmaid is married to financier James Matthews and unlike what everyone imagined, this was not a royal wedding but the one Pippa envisioned and specifically designed. And we have some beautiful photographs thanks to her florist Drojde Verda.

“They said all along they wanted it to be a private family wedding at home in the beautiful countryside with their closest friends and family.”

British designer Giles Deacon created a custom masterpiece of a gown which was stunning, to say the least.  Little Prince George was the pageboy and Princess Charlotte was the bridesmaid.

Princess Kate recited the prayer during the ceremony at St.Marks Church in Englefield and the wedding program featured a drawing of the church sketched by Kate herself.

After the church ceremony, the 150 ceremony guests filed into the nearby Englefield House for a midday reception, where they dined on mini haggis, deer carpaccio with mushroom, fresh langoustine claws and asparagus with Hollandaise sauce.

An afternoon break preceded the evening celebrations which were held in a glass palace shipped all the way from Belgium. 350 guests including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in attendance

Guests sipped champagne while watching a light show filled with projections of Middleton and Matthews’s love story on the side of the Middleton family home and tennis pro-Roger Federer took on William and Harry in a doubles game of Ping-Pong.

And what an evening it was!

This ancient church is an unbelievable wedding venue!

Located on the northern fringe of the ancient Gopakpattana port, which once covered coastal areas of Goa Velha and Agasaim, the church of the Jesus of Nazareth offers a breathtaking view of the Zuari Bay, which no other church can boast of.

A direct path from this wonderful chapel leads to Siridao beach, a quiet and isolated paradise in the land of coasts and beaches which has one shack that can offer the best in goan cuisine and drinks!

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This ancient gem built towards the early part of the 1600’s stands as evidence of pre-Portuguese Christianity and multicultural society within the region.

An unconventional wedding location, this beautiful setting can be perfect for sundowners at the beach which can be preceded by a small church ceremony and with the right kind of decor, it can be everything you want it to be and more!

The Grand Hyatt is located close by for stay arrangements and offers attractive packages for outdoor catering as well.

So if you are one who is looking for that small intimate ceremony, The church of Jesus of Nazareth at Siridao is the perfect location for you.

See the photos to believe it! 🙂

 

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A wedding story which will make you cry…and then smile because love always wins!

After a petty family dispute, Lalita Bansi was scarred for life when her idiot and scum cousins threw acid on her in their village in Azamgarh, UttarPradesh in 2012.

This brave heart did not let this affect her spirit and moved on, undergoing 17 surgeries at Mumbai’s Bombay Hospital and has 12 more to go.

As fate would have it, the universe aligned to give Lalita the life she actually deserved after she got a response from a wrong number she had dialled. When the person called back, Lalita had scolded him and he had hung up.

He called back 15 days later to explain what had happened and that is when cupid struck!

Rahul kumar, a data entry operator from Malad was smitten by how frank a nature Lalita has and proposed to her after a couple of months of phone conversation!

Rahul Says,””Sirf ek wrong number ne meri zindagi badal di, Three months ago, I got a missed call from an unknown number. When I called back, I was scolded and I disconnected the call.”

That’s when the love story began.

“Within 15 days of talking to Lalita, she told me her face was burnt. I told her, ‘Jinka chehra jala hota hai unki life nahi hoti kya? Tum bus tayaar ho, main tumse shaadi karunga (Does someone whose face is burnt not have a life? You get ready, I am going to marry you)‘ and she agreed.”

“My parents had a love marriage so they didn’t have any problem with my choice,” he adds.

After two months of telephonic conversations, Rahul went to Lalita’s house to meet her and as they say, rest is history.

The wedding was held at the D’Silva Technical College in Dadar, central Mumbai, thanks to the efforts of Udyami Maharashtra along with the Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation, who made Lalita’s dream a reality.

There was a beautifully decorated mandap, a lavish food spread, celebrities in attendance, and the overwhelming media going click, click at the drop of a hat.

Some Photos of their Lovely wedding!

Lalita changed into a red bridal outfit and was joined by her make up artist.
Despite the chaos around her, not once did the smile vanish from her face.
The acid attack survivor had been preparing for this day for a month.

Mehendi and lavish jeweller adorned the beautiful bride!

The Groom Rahul Kumar

The Happily Married Couple.

We wish them the best life has to offer and a lot more!

Actor Vivek Oberoi graced the occasion with his presence and was kind enough to gift the newlyweds a new house 🙂

It takes a special kind of courage to overcome odds in life. Each individual is fighting their own battles and it is only love which brings people together.

We wish Rahul and Lalita a very happily married life together!

This beautiful place is all you need for your Pre-Wedding Photoshoot!

Planning for a pre-wedding shoot can be stressful, to say the least. From the locations to the attire to the make-up and everything else that comes with it.

What if we told you, there exists a place where you can choose any location you want whether it is Morocco or Rajasthan, all you need to do is turn up with your better half and your photographer!

I am not talking about Narnia but I can say it is just as magical, I am referring to THE PERFECT LOCATION, at Mathura Road near Badarpur-Faridabad Toll Plaza.

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This 3-acre open-air location is equipped with a contemporary make-up room and 2 dressing rooms, providing one the comfort of an indoor studio, while shooting at an outdoor location.

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As you see from the photos, some of the best wedding photographers have worked here and most echo the same sentiment, your photographer gets ample amount of time to plan and visualise the shoot and create the perfect frame.

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Makeup /dressing room is a big bonus for the client as this facility is not available usually except in an indoor studio.

The variety of backdrops and sets with unique/antique/vintage props gets their creative juices flowing.

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They always have an appropriate solution to the “I want something Unique”. They love to interact with and help the photographer in their creativity.

Rathik Bansal is the man to reach if you would like to add this magic to your pre-wedding photoshoot as well and can be reached at  +919911632255.

So what are you waiting for, call THE PERFECT LOCATION for the PERFECT PRE-WEDDING PHOTOSHOOT!

These 3 colour selections can add a spunk to your big day!

Wedding decor is what trasforms your dream into reality, it is what represents the festivities that make your big day memorable.

How would it be to pick just one colour and use varying shades to create an interesting sea of colours, while maintaining a clean and crisp look to the overall theme?

There are many options one can choose from, in this post, we highlight three themes we think work best!

Check out the 3 hot wedding colors trending this wedding season:

Tangerine and Hot Pink

With tangerine being such a bold colour, pairing it with hot pink tones can find a happy balance between the two colours.

Emerald with Blush Pink or Gold

As a wedding color, emerald is subtle yet so elegant! Sub tones like mint can also be used, combining it with a touch of blush pink or gold.

Lilac and Margarita

This combination with purplish undertones and a subset of green make for a harmonious and casual color scheme.

Colours can be an amazing catalyst when planning your wedding, getting the combinations correct and matching them subtly is what can make all the difference.

Including these shades in your wedding’s theme in whichever way, possible can do wonders for what you expect – you can always experiment according to your taste in the colour palette.

Celebrities who weren’t afraid to be Happy and Gay!

We all heard of Jim Parsons tying the knot this May to Todd Spiewak, his long-time partner who he has been happy and celebrating life with since 2002.

We, of course, can not think of a better way to celebrate their love for each other than making it official.

As we congratulate Jim and Todd for being the men that they are, being an example for so many others to be themselves, we list down some others who have stepped out and inspired so many people.

ELLEN DEGENERES AND PORTIA DE ROSSI

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi reportedly first met through mutual friends back in 2001.After the California Supreme Court overthrew the ban on same-sex marriage on 16th May 2008, they married on 13th August 2008 at their Beverly Hills home and have been happily married since.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS AND DAVID BURTKA

“How I Met Your Mother” star Harris fell for David Burtka, 36, eight years ago. After nearly 10 years together and adopting fraternal twins, the pair tied the knot in September 2014 in Italy. Neil says, “Yup, we put the ‘n’ and ‘d’ in ‘husband’.

SIR ELTON JOHN AND DAVID FURNISH

Five months after they got together, the smiles on their faces said it all at Sir Elton John’s AIDS Foundation party after the Oscars in LA way back in February 1994.Their son, Zachary, was born in December 2010, to a surrogate mother. In December 2014, following the legalization of gay marriage, the couple wed at their home at Old Windsor.Furnish told Attitude magazine: ‘As a high-profile couple, we feel it is our duty to do it to make sure that everyone knows this is something that many gay men living in this country never dreamed would happen.’ Take a bow!

CYNTHIA NIXON AND CHRISTINE MARINONI

The Sex and the City actress, 46, and the education activist, 45, have been together since 2004. Marinoni gave birth to their son, Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni, in February 2011. The couple waited to marry until it was legal in New York State and finally got married on 27th May 2012.

LANCE BASS AND MICHAEL TURCHIN

Their journey towards the aisle actually began – or, rather, almost didn’t begin – in 2010 when the two started a friendship that neither thought would become anything more.The couple made history as the first-ever same-sex couple to be married on an American television network!The ceremony itself took place at the Park Plaza Hotel in 2014.

We know the struggle is real, and we respect them for standing together through thick and thin so that so many others have hope and can envision these days happening for them 🙂