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!

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!

Image Credit: TheGoanBucketList

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! 🙂

 

Image Credit: Celebration Needs

 

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!

Forget about finding your soulmate…people have started marrying themselves!

Marriage since time immemorial has been a ceremony where two souls become one and an institution is created. One of Family and love where two people live happily ever after till death do them part.

But, hang on. There is a new relationship trend in town.

People are marrying themselves. The concept of Sologamy is when a person loves himself/herself so much that they want to get married. Literally, you read it right.

Take the case of Erika Anderson.

In her own words,”“I would describe it as women saying yes to themselves,” Anderson said. “It means that we are enough, even if we are not partnered with someone else.”

Apparently, when she walked down the aisle, there was no one looking at her, which is how she wanted it.

Anderson said she grew tired of people asking why she was still single. So, in front of family and friends, she married herself.

Self-marriage—or sologamy—is growing. Partly because it’s popping up in pop culture, like when an episode of ‘Sex and the City’ floated the idea.

Anderson married herself to celebrate independence and believes others should, too.

“You’re worth it!” Anderson exclaimed.

She celebrated her anniversary by going on a solo trip to Mexico.

Now the best part, she also dates and is open to marrying someone else. Would that mean she is cheating on herself?

Slowly and steadily, the trend is catching on and many businesses seem to be using this stupidity as a business opportunity, offering sologamy ceremony kits, wedding bands etc.

What do you think? Would you marry yourself?

This spring wedding season, look your best! Find out how with this simple tutorial…

Indian trousseau offers you so many options to look your best and you need to wear the makeup which compliments your look!

Indian Spring collections are stunning to say the least and we could not help upload this video we stumbled upon to help you create the perfect fabulous look for yourself.

This fabulous look is designed by makeup artist extraordinaire Arshia Moorjani.

So give it a try and let us know the results 🙂

What this Couple did for their wedding guests will make you smile…

With weddings, we hear stories, extraordinary stories of love which make us believe in life and have faith all over again.

Which constantly remind us, life is beautiful.

We all know how weddings work, after the I  DO we have the Dinner and Dance and loads of other customs which we enjoy a lot.

What this couple did for their wedding guests added a whole new meaning to love and showing how much they care…and a small step by them re-instills a pride in humanity!

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat got married in Kilis province which is near the Syrian border and invited 4000 Syrian refugees who have fled the country since the civil war, to come celebrate their wedding with them.

 

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat

 

“We thought that on such a happy day, we would share the wedding party with our Syrian brothers and sisters. We thought this was best done with Kimse Yok Mu who could provide a truck. God willing, this will lead to others doing the same and giving food to our Syrian brothers and sisters. For us, it was an interesting wedding dinner.”

 

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat feeding Syrian refugees

 

The father also said he was glad that the couple began a new life “with such a selfless action”. Wedding guests shared food using trucks and those providing meals included the bride and groom themselves.

All we can say is, we are left speechless. Nothing can express the kindness you have shown and may your new life be filled with Joy and Prosperity.

What happened at this arranged marriage meeting will leave you speechless…

Growing up in India, we all at some point go through the wonderful process of arranged marriage.

Calls go back and forth, mothers speak first, meetings are set up and the bride and groom to be, move on from one prospect to another being evaluated and checked, and this is just me trying to sound normal about it, it is however quite a mechanical process in all honesty.

Most times though, this seems to work. Happy couples, happy families and all is well that ends well.

But sometimes, outrageous demands are made. From Dowry to threats to what not. A post by one quora user is beyond outrageous. It is outrageously the most outrageous of outrageous demands I have ever heard.

In fact I have never heard something even close to such nonsense.

See the post here:

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What the post says:

“Okay, This is an experience I heard from a friend.
The girl belongs to an orthodox, religious Indian family. She lives with her 2 paternal uncles, their wives and kids and has 2 siblings of her own, in short an elaborate joint family.
She has just completed her B.A. from a girl’s college, does excellent embroidery and Henna Art, and congratulations, she’s a very strong candidate for Marriage.
The younger paternal uncle’s friend’s neighbor’s wife’s brother-in-law’s brother (phew) is a candidate too. So a marriage proposal is laid down and a meeting is fixed for the prospective groom’s family to visit the girl’s place to “SEE” her and “EVALUATE” her.
Both the sides, everyone is excited, preparations are in flow and the fateful day arrives.
The prospective groom arrives with an elaborate family of his own. His mother takes the lead and begins scrutinizing the girl, grilling her with all possible questions and the groom-to-be is eating cake and biscuits in merry. After the intense grilling session, the girl breathes a sigh of relief and looks towards the prospective groom’s face, to catch a glimpse, to realize he’s still busy eating cake.
Suddenly the to-be Mother-in-law whispers something in the girl’s mother’s ears. Startled at first, the mother says something to her mother-in-law and reluctantly they both get up from the living room, politely excuse themselves from the guests and along with the girl and the groom-to-be’s Mother, go to the nearest bedroom.
Now, you will not believe this, the prospective Mother-in-law asks the girl to strip down because she wants to make sure that the girl is “FAIR” overall, physically fit for marriage, bears no sign of albinism and is a virgin!
The poor girl is embarrassed and bursts into tears, the girl’s grandmother politely refuses to such outrageous demands and excuses the lady out of the room.
The marriage proposal is discarded and the girl is admitted to a computer course for 6 months, till next time..
This is horrendous and insulting and by far the craziest experience I’ve heard concerning arranged marriages.
Till date, prospective brides are treated like an item on sale, to be examined thoroughly for damage and quality before pasting a “sold” label onto their foreheads. Such outrageous demands begin with scrutinizing the bride-to-be for appearance, lead to dowry demands, and later domestic abuse.”

It makes one wonder how many different types of sick does a person have to be to even imagine going to someone’s house and making such an outrageous demand, actually doing it is a completely different story.

Disgusting!

What do you think?