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Wedding: Archana + Veeral

Meet Archana & Veeral.
This delightful couple was married on June 15th at Pacific Palms Resort with 400 of their family and friends.  It was a pleasure and honor to witness the love, the romance, and the joy that Archana and Veeral share.
I don't know what I can say about these two other than the fact that they are such beautiful people, inside and out.
Archana and Veeral love nothing more than to have fun, spend time with their family and friends, and celebrate their love.  Their wedding day, from the early morning Bharaat to the Last Dance at midnight, reflected all of these values.
The ceremony was a gorgeous, floral dream.  Scarlet, burgundy, and white flowers adorned the Mandap with strands of fuschia orchids accenting the swags of sheer fabric.
From laughs to tears, the ceremony was emotion-filled.  All anyone needed to do was see how the bride and groom looked at one another and they could feel their true love.  I'll leave it to Matei Horvath Photography's amazing photos to showcase the beauty from that morning.
While guests enjoyed a lunch after the ceremony, then a relaxing break until the cocktail hour, the bridal party changed into their reception outfits.  Once again, the bride was breathtaking and the groom was dashing in his tuxedo.
The ballroom exploded with fragrant flowers in blush pink, peach, fuchsia, and white.  The guests' tables were accented with gold candelabras, charger plates, and table number frames.  The newlyweds sat at a sweetheart table for dinner, but during toasts and reception performances, a gold loveseat flanked with mirrored side tables and surrounded by even more beautiful blooms served as their comfy home.  The backdrop was created with lush curtains and ornate hanging frames filled with roses.
To get the party started, the grand entrance of the bridal party and family was one of the most unique I have ever seen.  As each group was introduced, they had their own special song and routine prepared.  A little "Gangnam Style" and "Harlem Shake" got everyone up on their feet!
In an evening of comedy skits and dancing performances, it was difficult to choose my favorite moments, but I narrowed it down to two.  The father-of-the-bride gave a heartfelt toast, which concluded with him singing a song for his daughter and son-in-law.  Then, during one of the beautifully-choreographed performances, the bride, who was seated with her husband to enjoy the show, jumped up to shake it with her girls.  Once the fathers, uncles, and rest of the family joined in, it was like Bollywood meets flash mob!
With 400 guests, the dessert buffet didn't last long.  It was so deliciously sweet and tempting that once the happy couple cut the cake, the guests dove right in.  And who could blame them?!
I love this couple, I love their wedding, and I love that I was keeping a BIG secret on their wedding day... pregnant with twins!  This event will always hold a special place in my heart.  Many congratulations to the lovely Mr. & Mrs!

Wedding Coordination: KGM Weddings
(a special thanks to my assistants, Kathy, Sendy, Narumi, Breanna, and Joanna!)
Catering: Utsav Events
Florals, Decor, & Rentals: Ethnic Essence
Videography: Avec Lumiere
DJ, Bharaat Musicians, & Reception Lighting: Special Occasions
Cake & Dessert Buffet: Vanilla Bake Shop
Hair & Make-Up: Dolled Up By Lulu
Officiant: Jnanamoorthy Bhat
Horse & Carriage: Enchanted Carriages
Cocktail Hour Pianist: Amman Kazi (10 Years Old!)

To read the Q&A with Archana and Veeral, click here.

Q&A: Archana + Veeral

My dazzling bride Archana (whose wedding you can read about HERE) recently took time to answer my post-wedding questionnaire, which not only helps me with bettering my wedding planning skills, but also offers some insight to engaged couples everywhere! 
Here's what she had to say!
[Photo Credit: Matei Horvath Photography]

What was the best part of your wedding day?
Walking down the aisle, seeing my perfect wedding set-up with my wonderful husband getting choked up at the sight of me!

What was unexpected that you loved?
How smoothly things actually flowed and the fact that my mom, sister, aunt, and cousin were able to get ready without worrying about set-up/organization issues.  I really thought at some point they would have to jump in to figure something out.  But I was pleasantly surprised and WE WERE ON TIME!!!

What (if anything) would you change?
Not a thing!!!!!  I didn't think I would EVER say that!!!

Is there anything you wish you had spent more/less time or money on?
Not at all.  Photographer/decorator/videographer/coordinator - ALL TOTALLY WORTH IT.  I had absolutely the best!

How did you feel after the wedding?
Like we were the luckiest people alive!  Veeral and I both (and our families) felt like the wedding was more than a success.  Everyone expressed how much fun they had.  I heard the quote many times, "This was the best wedding I have EVER been to."  I think our families did a great job of making it very personal and unique to us.

What is your #1 tip for future brides and grooms?
Spend time and money on the things you know matter the most to you and be sure to incorporate something that is special for you/your family/your future spouses's family because that is what the guests remember and make the wedding special.  Not how much money you spend on the centerpiece.

What part of my service was the most important to you?
Organization and running on time!  You were spectacular!!  Not to mention you were an incredible support for me, a sounding board, and a great friend through the process.

What part of my service was the least important to you?
.... nothing ....

How would you rate the quality of my service?
Fantastic and I will recommend you to everyone!

Would you recommend me to another bride and groom?
Yes, yes, yes!

Anything else you'd like to add?
At our first meeting, I wasn't sure if you were really up for the chaos of another Indian wedding.  From the moment we began working together, we truly clicked.  You were my confidant and my sounding board when I needed to talk through my ideas and make them more concrete.  You went above and beyond to make sure that my vision for the day came true.  I really appreciate that you also value time, efficiency, and quality vendors with an understanding of budget.  I think we really worked well together and you met me exactly where I was through the process.  You are such a wonderful person and an amazing coordinator!  I would undoubtedly recommend you to any future brides/grooms!  Thank you for everything!

Wedding: Mayura + Ananda

Meet Mayura & Ananda.
This stunning couple was married on March 30th in Dana Point, California, surrounded by 400 of their closest family and friends.
Mayura is not only gorgeous on the outside, but she has the most beautiful spirit and heart.  Before working for TOMS shoe company, she founded "One Thread Fair Trade," a non-profit company that empowers women in impoverished areas of South India.
The ceremony was decorated in bold red and muted gold, with touches of pink, orange, and green.  Roses, dahlias, and hydrangeas perfumed the garden.  But the best accent was the ocean view just behind the Mandap and the blue skies above.
After the ceremony, while guests dined on hors d'oeuvres, sipped on cocktails, and popped into the photobooth, the bride and groom spent their first few moments as husband and wife, strolling the sandy shore of Dana Point.
Sometimes the family and friends of the bride and groom have a little somethin' somethin' up their sleeves.  In this case, the surprise was for the bride, who was a bagpiper in her high school marching band.  Her friends invited the bagpipers from their alma mater to make a guest appearance during the reception.  I loved keeping this secret because it was amazing!  Their reaction was pure shock and laughter...
There were more surprise performances (like an awesome choreographed dance by Mayura's coworkers from TOMS).  But I gotta say, the highlight of the evening (for me) was watching the groom serenade the bride with an acoustic version of Michael Jackson's "Rock With You."  He sang and played guitar beautifully.  It was such a touching, unforgettable moment.
I was so honored to work with these lovely people.  And it was such a pleasure to be invited to Mayura's Mehndi, a couple nights before the wedding, where all the ladies (including myself) received beautiful henna on our hands and/or feet.  When Mayura's mother, sister, aunts, and cousins sang, danced, and performed for Mayura while she sat still during her intricate henna work, I couldn't hold back tears.  This couple and their family express so much love that it's impossible to not be moved.  Thank you for that.  Cheers to you, Mayura and Ananda!

Wedding Coordination: KGM Weddings
(a special thanks to my assistants, Karlet, Breanna, and Sendy!)
Venue: Laguna Cliffs Resort (Dana Point, CA)
Florals & Decor: Manjit's Flower Cottage
Catering: Vishnu Catering
Photobooth: Smile Big Studio
Lighting: Aspect Lighting
Officiant: Agoram Sivaramakrishnan
Bride's Hair: Candice Nieman

To read the Q&A with Mayura and Ananda, click here.