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

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 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.

Image Credit: The Creative Lens

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.

Image Credit: Amit Puri Photography

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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.

Image Credit: Hitched and Clicked

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.

Image Credit: Design Aqua

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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!

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?

8 Hilarious Wedding Pics we found on the Internet!

Weddings are a high-pressure situation, much like celebrities, the bride and the groom are very conscious of the fact that they are being photographed constantly. However, every once in a while we stumble upon these gems…

Hilarious Wedding Photos

“Do I smell a rat ? “

Hilarious Wedding Pics - The Wedding Planners Diary

LOL, let’s finish this quick, our flight to Krypton is waiting…

Hilarious Wedding Pics - The Wedding Planners Diary

I do not even know what’s going on here…

Hilarious Wedding Photos - The Wedding Planners Diary

Hahaha we wonder where she learnt that

Hilarious Wedding Pics - The Wedding Planners Diary

Lol we wonder…we really do…

Hilarious Wedding Pics by The Wedding Planners Diary

We only hope that’s not too cold 😛

Hilarious Wedding Photos - The Wedding Planners Diary

Rajnikants Nariyal Shop

Hilarious Wedding Pics - The Wedding Planners Diary

If you cant eat half of the laddoo in a bite, it does not count !

These are obviously just for fun and not intended to be mean. We hope you laughed as much as we did 🙂

 

 

Vintage Wonders: Car Trends this Wedding Season

The wedding doers for many a generation have been taken up with the thought of all things ‘vintage’. However, this particular trend has gained a new found exuberance with the current generation. Gone are the days when the bridegroom made his entry on the standard ghodi. Weddings just keep getting grander by the day, and nothing spells opulence better than a classy, luxurious vehicle during the vidaai. Besides, a car with a rich lineage has even more value attached to it because it adds that extra touch of history and mystery that most wedding parties today treasure. India has several vintage cars doing the circles that were originally owned by maharajas and viceroys of old. Let’s have a look at the trendsetters of the past few years.

The Rolls Royce

The Rolls Royce is the Indian answer to the American trend of limousines. Two special editions called ‘the Ghost’ and ‘the Phantom’ were introduced by these elegant car makers to lure the rich and elite in the Indian City of Dreams, Mumbai. In fact, this brand has etched its presence in the Indian market so well that the company receives a tenth of it’s earnings from the Indian market alone. A car from this vintage line definitely typifies the big fat Indian wedding.

The Bentley

A successor of the Rolls Royce, the Bentley brand was acquired by Volkswagen later on and has established its place in the hearts of wedding doers for decades now. The ‘Bentley Blower’ is one of the famous vintages in the wedding circuit, along with the ‘Bentley Speed Six’, ‘Bentley Mark VI’ and many more. So if you’re looking for the perfectly chic entry or classic exit, these swanky saloons might just be the answer to your ideal wedding.

The Buick

Buick is the oldest brand name in automobiles in America and the world. A division of General Motors, these wonder cars have had many successors since. The ‘1937 Buick 4-Door Convertible’ and the ‘Buick Roadmaster Sedan 1938’ are some common names in the present Indian wedding circuit. If you want to add a dash of heritage to your wedding or just flaunt your good fortune around, be sure to rent from one of these brilliant roadsters for your D-Day.

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This Holy Trinity is just a drop from the ocean of vintage car choices, such as Chryslers, Fords, Mercedes, Chevrolets, and many more, available for your wedding day. A lot of effort goes into planning the perfect wedding, and no one can understand this better than the wedding party. You want every detail to be perfect and fabulous, and the wedding car (though a small detail), needs to be picture perfect as well. The perfect car won’t just be an excellent prop for traditional ceremonies such as the baraat, but it’ll also make for great memories that you’ll cherish forever.

Wedding photography: The competitive trends this season!

Wedding photography has become a booming industry of its own. It’s no secret that the market has evolved into a highly competitive and fierce one. Moreover, the wedding photography industry has become highly diluted as it gets more difficult each day to distinguish the professionals from the amateurs. If you belong to the wedding party and already have a good photographer in mind, it’s best you strike this one off your to-do list as soon as possible to avoid the issue of availability later on. However, if you’re new on the wedding scene and don’t have the first clue about how this industry functions, then it might help to have these few snippets of information handy.

Pros versus Rookies

The industry is full of budding photographers looking to make their mark, and they’re certainly giving the professionals a run for their money. However, while the upcoming photographers are more enthusiastic and willing to experiment with different styles since they don’t have a niche of their own yet, the professionals are more aware of what works in the market and provide the assurance that everything will be smooth sailing on your big day. What you need to identify is whether you’re willing to take the risk with an overzealous beginner (their rates are lower too) or wish to stick with someone more seasoned.

Traditional versus contemporary

Once you’ve decided the experience you need, you have to figure out the style you want. Traditional photography and contemporary photography both have their own charm, and it all depends on the types of memories you want to keep. Are you a ritualist who believes it’s important to focus on the wedding ceremony? Do you want a shot of the kanyadaan, the pheras, the cake cutting and the toast? Do you want a picture of your entire family (including the extended one) posing for a stage shot that you can frame for your drawing room? Well, then traditional photographers are the right choice for you. However, if you’re an artistic soul and want your wedding album to tell more of a story, then contemporary photographers are the way to go. Portrait photographers use unconventional props and themes to work up a sense of magic and mystery, to add that fantasy element to your wedding.

Courtesy: Candidshutters

Courtesy: Candidshutters

 

The social media factor

Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are slowly becoming a great marketing tool for photographers. Visibility on these social networks has become an absolute must, and photographers are really putting themselves out there to attract the right customers. You can check what their work experience is like, their wedding portfolios are usually available online, and you can even check their reviews to see how many people recommend them. This is also the best method to help you pick the photographer that suits you best. However, by far the long-lasting cornerstone to every successful wedding photographer’s business is a blog. Seasoned photographers are still of the opinion that this is the best way to connect with their audience and get their work featured on bigger wedding blogs.

Your wedding day will most probably be a once-in-a-lifetime affair and one you want to remember forever. That’s why, it’s very important that you hire the person you feel is most skilled to capture the right memories of your wedding day. Keep this in mind and begin your hunt for the photographer whose work pulls your heartstrings. Say cheese!

Captured!

Captured!

“Caught on camera!” When you hear someone say that to you, you immediately make sure you look good on camera; and especially if it is your wedding pictures. By that we mean not just your facial expressions or your outfits, but the picture in its totality, thus highlighting the importance of good wedding photography.

Often through the wedding preps, couples tend to think that  having a photographer is just a sign of wedding memories being captured; but we guarantee you –  it is not!

Understand the importance of a good photographer

A good wedding planner knows the importance of a good photographer and you must know it too. This day is a big day and you want to capture it in the most beautiful and realistic way. Years later, the photographs should have a story to tell, and they must be captured candid – emotions, laughter, fun and frolic – every moment bringing back a memory. Gone are the days where wedding photos only highlight the bride and groom and the process of each ceremony. Today, they involve an experience through their colours, moods and themes.

Build a comfort level

Like the beauty of a marriage is dependent on the relationship between the two partners, the beauty of the wedding album is dependent on the rapport you share with the photographer. Take the effort to meet each other a few times and introduce your immediate family and friends as well. Breaking the ice before the big day helps the photographer understand the role each individual plays in the life of the couple thus bringing it out in the images.

Travel arrangements

In the case of destination weddings, the couple must ensure that travel arrangements are discussed with the photographer. Not only does travel involve boarding and lodging arrangement for the crew but also for the equipment. In addition to that, couples must take the responsibility to be the coordination point between the venue and photography crew to ensure the technical requirements are met and locations are scouted in advance to give the entire album a flow.

Book and finalize

With bookings for wedding seasons being taken in advance it is imperative to book your photographer as soon as you have finalized one. We strongly recommend a booking contract to be made wherein the photographer lists out all the services you have opted for as a reference point for the both of you. This way both parties are clear about the number of photographs you will receive in print, on CD and other aspects like framing or posterizing images.

With social media at its peak, we all know that wedding images will circulate through the social circuit, courtesy our family and friends but none will be able to achieve what a good photographer can achieve. Therefore with the above points kept in mind, we are pretty sure those pictures will make you relive the big day for years to come.