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

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.

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!

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.

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.

10 Summer Refreshers to have at your Outdoor Wedding !

It’s that time of the year where the mercury soars, the beautiful sunny outdoors beckon and are the ambiance for an outdoor wedding soiree 🙂

Summer Refreshers and Coolers are the perfect way to get things started.

These delicious sips of goodness in a glass can do wonders to refresh your guests and help set the perfect pace for the celebration to follow.

In this post, we list down 10 ideas for chilled summer refreshers you can have at your wedding!

1.Ginger Lime Basil Spritzer

Ginger Lemon Basel Mimosa

Ginger Lemon Basel Mimosa at your wedding

Source Credit: http://www.womansday.com

2.Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade at weddings

Strawberry Lemonade at weddings

Source Credit: http://www.fortherloveofthesouth.com

3.Lime Basil Watermelon Cooler

Lime Basel Watermelon Cooler

Lime Basel Watermelon Cooler to beat the heat at your wedding

Source Credit: http://www.healthyrecipeecstacy.com

4.Fresh Pineapple and Coconut water with Lime and Mint

Coconut Water Pineapple Juice Cooler

Coconut Water Pineapple Juice Cooler with a hint of lemon can be very refreshing for everyone at your wedding, add a dash of Vodka and make it a cocktail 🙂

Image Source: Camilla Rutherford

5.Aam Panna

Aam Panna

Chilled Aam Panna, the sweet and tangy flavour at any outdoor wedding 🙂

Source Credit: http://www.whatscookingmom.in

6.JalJeera

JalJeera is a great cooler for weddings!

Jal Jeera is an all time favorite, the spiciness and burst of flavours is liked by all wedding guests!

Source Credit: http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com

7.Khus Mocktail

Khus Sherbat

A desi recipe with a dash of mint.

Source Credit: http://www.allaboutwomen.com

8.Nimbu Pani ( Lemonade )

Nimbu Pani at weddings.

Nimbu Pani is an eternal favorite for any outdoor celebration.

Source credit: Indobase

9.Healthy Smoked Chilled Chaas

Chilled Smoked Masala Chaas for your Wedding.

Chilled Smoked Masala Chaas, the healthy way to beat the heat for your wedding guests !

10.Strawberry Mango Sangria

Strawberry Mango Sangria

An exotic and fruity mix to tickle the taste buds of your wedding guests

Source Credit: Pinterest

These are some of our Favorites:)

Wedding Planning should be all about the experience and your journey should be as fantastic as the destination, we hope you enjoy this post and would love to hear your suggestions/feedback in our comments section!

Intercaste Marriages: Cast Away the Misconceptions

Intercaste Marriages: Cast Away the Misconceptions

“Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner.” – Amy Bloom

Marriages are supposed to represent a union of two souls and families. Religion, caste systems and other such social dogmas are barriers that have often crippled budding relationships in our country. Couples who have found love beyond their community circles usually tend to face resistance from friends and family. But don’t fret about it. Resisting change or something new is part of human nature. The best thing to do is to ease your family into accepting what you know in your heart is best for you. We’ll have a look at how you can attempt this. We know love doesn’t see cultural and lifestyle differences before finding it’s way into one’s heart, but there are some unforeseen hiccups that we’re going to make you aware of so you can have a smooth transition into your spouse’s family.

Learn to empathize

Every parent has a set of expectations attached with the person their child will marry. One of the biggest expectations is that their child’s choice belong to the community they are familiar with. So when you spring the fact as being something else, they are bound to be upset about it. In such a situation, it will only get worse if you throw a tantrum or use the reverse psychology of lashing out at your parents so they are forced to accept your decision. If you want them to accept your love wholeheartedly, learn to empathize with their point of view and understand the fact that time is the only healer.

What’s life without a challenge

Apart from the obvious challenges, such as resistance from family and variance in religious practices, some unanticipated obstacles could be a difference in language, lifestyle, food habits, medical beliefs, etc. However, don’t let this bog you down. The key to a successful intercaste relationship is for each couple to stay true to their roots and maintain their individuality. This will be appreciated in the long run. Try and blend in as much as you can, but you’ll have to make peace with the fact that some things are simply done differently in your spouse’s family.

Mingle

The best way to blend in is to mingle with the extended family at get-togethers and functions. The first few times may prove awkward for all of you, but once you’ve overcome this phase and actually begun to enjoy the company you’re in, things will get much easier for you (and your spouse) at home. Your in-laws will appreciate the honest effort you’re making to become a member of the family and accept their traditions. All in all, it’s a win-win!

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Educate

Intercaste marriages are beneficial in so many ways, and yet, in India they remain a social taboo of sorts. People need to be made more aware of the benefits of such unions so they are more open and accepting of them. Mixed unions are so much fun! They are an opportunity to get introduced to a whole new world of culture, rituals, traditions, ideologies and philosophies. They help aid the progress of the country by bringing two communities together and eradicating communalist ideologies.

So in the spirit of acceptance, this note goes out to all the moms and dads out there. Give your sons and daughters a say in the most important decision of their lives. In the words of William Shakespeare, “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.” Have confidence in your upbringing. Trust that your child will do what’s right for them and you. Keep the faith!